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Current Exhibition

"I'm a Good Brick!" The Life & Times of Mr. Hy-Tex

Come to the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and meet Mr. Hy-tex, the self-styled “good brick.”  He was born in 1928 as the anthropomorphic representative of the most successful product of the Hydraulic Pressed Brick Company, whose eight factories had a nation-wide clientele.   Mr. Hy-tex was featured on posters in his company’s plants throughout the United States.  His smiling face showed employees the results of hard work and careful handling--- and  his frowns laid guilt on careless and wasteful employees,  Mr. Hy-tex’s weekly appearances  presented a morality tale in miniature.  This light-hearted exhibit features over 40 of Mr. Hy-Tex’s triumphs and tragedies.


Exhibition Dates: May 30-August 25, 2017

Free Admission



Upcoming Exhibition

Real Philadelphia: Selections from the Robert M. Skaler Postcard Collection

Free Exhibition of more than 250 examples of “real photo postcards” a popular and wide-spread type that were produced by professional and amateur photographers alike between 1904 and 1918. These extraordinary  images depict Philadelphia at the zenith of its industrial prosperity. Of particular note are the scores of pictures of children who played on the streets of the ever-growing row-house neighborhoods of the Workshop of the World.

Exhibition Dates: September 22, 2017 - January 26, 2018

Free Admission