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Bessie Smith appeared at Wander Inn here.


Bessie Smith appeared at Wander Inn here.

There is a new Wander Inn at 2500 S. 3rd St. in Philly, but the original was here. It was a bit of a dive bar, yet blues legend Bessie Smith was a regular performer. There is not much about it on the Web. It was robbed by the infamous "bicycle bandit," according to the Phila. Daily News, p. 6, 8/31/96. A burglar got stuck in its dumb-waiter, according to the Camden County Post, p.2, 5/28/99. Ms. Smith's obituary states that her last performance was here, see the Phila. Daily News, p. 25, 10/28/91. There are some later references to it in the Phila. Inquirer; search at newspapers.com.


Location Name: American Sardine Bar
Unit #: Point Breeze Neighborhood
Location: 1800 Federal Street, Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, 19146, United States
Listing Category: African American History, Bars and Taverns, Night Clubs, Blues Music, Crimes & Criminals (real and alleged), Dives/Holes in the Wall - In a Good Way, Jazz
Virtual / Real: Virtual
Created Date: 03-14-2019

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