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Obscura Society Philly: Toynbee Tiles on Planet Philadelphia

A mysterious message has been found embedded in city streets the world over

Join the Obscura Society Philly as we unravel the mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. 

This message (or a slight variation of) have been found on tiles from Boston, Massachusetts to Santiago, Chile:

IN MOViE `2001

But rather oddly, there are more tiles with this message in Philadelphia than anywhere else in the world. The question is quite simple - why? 

Since the 1980’s the enigmatic Toynbee Tiles have been puzzling scholars and enthusiasts alike as the majority of us walk over them every day without even knowing they are there.  Who placed the tiles and why? How widespread are they?  What are they made of? Questions like these have been asked for decades.

On August 22nd, Obscura Society Philly will be providing a rare walking tour experience lead by Justin Duerr and Steve Weinik, part of the award-winning filmmaking team behind "Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles,"the definitive documentary on the subject. On foot, we will discover and discuss exemplary original Toynbee and Toynbee-inspired tiles, Toynbee theories, and how this special documentary came to life.

These tiles are under constant threat of being destroyed and lost forever. This is a unique opportunity not to be missed!

Notes for this Adventure: 

- We will meet at Logan Square promptly at 12pm to begin the walking tour

- We have a rain date of 8/23/15.

-This adventure will be a walking tour. Attendees should be wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

- Prior to this event, we recommend that you check out the awesome documentary Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles for an enhanced experience. It is available for rent on Amazon!

-Any questions, please do not hesitate to email Ryan at ryan@atlasobscura.com.