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Expansion of the Victor Talking Machine Company spelled the end for a block of houses on Cooper Street between Front Street and Delaware Avenue.

A Civil War veteran, Amos Homan operated a cigar stand at 37 Cooper Street and eventually bought the building.

William Burrell, a clergyman, performed weddings for couples seeking to evade license requirements in Philadelphia.

Once a janitor, James Battle may be the only African American to advance from a position of service on Cooper Street to heading his own household.

Margaret Chambers, a boarding house operator and entrepreneur, was a fixture at 59 Cooper Street for two decades beginning in 1893.

Mary A. Paulson, a widow, generated income to support her family by renting out one Cooper Street house while living in another house next door.

Originally a livery stable operator, Joshua Franklin's life on Cooper Street spanned to the age of the automobile.
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