The Philadelphia Top 25

We’re celebrating Allied Wire & Cable’s hometown, Philadelphia, all month long! It’s part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations, so we thought it’d be fun to share 25 of the most-loved things to come from the City of Brotherly Love!

1. The first computer – The ENIAC, built at Penn’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering starting in 1943, and announced to the public in 1946.

2. Rocky – With six films under his belt, and a rumored seventh to come, we hear that his favorite gig was still being a part of the Allied Wire & Cable Philadelphia Giveaway Extravaganza episode.

3. Soft pretzels – Mustard was also invented in Philly…perfect combination!

4. Declaration of Independence – Adopted on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and one of the reasons Philadelphia is known as the “cradle of liberty” and “the birthplace of America.”

5. Wilt Chamberlain – The only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game.

6. The first daily newspaper – The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser was the first daily newspaper in America, started in 1784.

7. TastyCakes – When the company started in Philadelphia in 1919, their products only cost 10 cents each…and now we’re craving Krimpets.

8. Phillie Fanatic – #2 on the 2012 list of “America’s Favorite Sports Mascots.”

9. Will Smith – “In west Philadelphia, born and raised…”

10. Water ice – Philly: the US home to Italian Ice.

11. The first zoo – Founded by Ben Franklin (who’s also featured in our Philadelphia game show episode this month!)

12. Chubby Checker – Popularized “the twist” in 1960. He also appeared many times on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, which started as a local show in Philadelphia in 1952.

13. Tina Fey – We love to laugh, so comedy is always welcome. Get your monthly humor-fix by subscribing to our newsletter, where the Joke of the Month is always a hit.

14. Soda water – Mix with adult beverage of choice.

15. Mother’s Day – Started by Anna Jarvis, with the help of Philadelphia merchant, John Wanamaker. You’re welcome, moms.

16. The first American flag – Thanks, Betsy Ross.

17. Larry Fine (of the Three Stooges) – Nose pinch and/or face slap takes you by surprise…now.

18. Patti LaBelle – Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Hall of Fame, and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame…not too shabby.

19. The Constitution – This document, which dictates the supreme law of the US, was adopted on September 17, 1787 by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

20. Kobe Bryant – Attended Lower Merion High School.

21. Philadelphia Cream Cheese – Delicious…on everything.

22. Kevin Bacon – From Footloose to The Following, Kevin Bacon’s our man.

23. The oldest continuous one-city franchise in American pro sports – C’mon Phils!

24. Cheesesteaks – Wiz wit, of course.

25. Allied Wire & Cable! (In our humble opinion, we saved the best for last.)

What do you think of our list? Did we miss anything? Comment and let us know!


About awcwire
Allied Wire & Cable is a value-added manufacturer and distributor of electrical wire and cable, tubing, and more. We are a family owned and operated company, serving a wide range of industries, including the military, automotive, aerospace, and telecommunications markets. Allied is headquartered in Collegeville, PA. Additional locations can be found across the US, in Merrimack, NH, Tampa, FL, Pewaukee, WI, and Las Vegas, NV. For more information on Allied, visit our main website at

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