Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Artifact: Door Knob

Photograph of door knob at the Lazaretto.

(Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress)

Drawing of the Lazaretto by Frank H. Taylor in 1895. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

Drawing of the Lazaretto by Frank H. Taylor in 1895. (Library of Congress)

The scales of justice and a key, depicted against a shield on this door knob, presented symbols of authority to those who passed through the doors of the Lazaretto south of Philadelphia. Throughout most of the nineteenth century, the Lazaretto was the first stop for immigrants and merchants on incoming ships whose passengers and cargo had to be quarantined until passing a health inspection.

 

 

 

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