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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Over and Up: 1908

Over and Up: 1908

Continuing our tour of Pittsburgh circa 1908. "Pittsburgh & Lake Erie R.R. station and Mount Washington -- Smithfield Street Bridge and Monongahela Incline." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Looks like a commuter

The Luzon looks like a commuter or sight seeing launch - some of the old New York Harbor commuters built by the wealthy mucky mucks were absolutely stunning, definitely a step up from any old limousine.

Incline

From what I see in the recent picture, and the online street view map, I'm curious... is the incline still there and in use?

[Yes.]

Signs of the times

The signs advertising the Quaker Toasted Corn Flakes and the Gazette-Times must have been something to see. They look (by my estimate) to be about 15 feet or so high and a good one hundred feet or so in length.

Motor? Launch

"LUZON", perhaps?

[Correct.]

Just add roller coaster cars

and a ramp! (Don't for get your life jacket. You know, just in case.)

Motor or Naptha Launch?

The small boat tied up in left foreground is interesting because it lacks a prominent funnel. In this period, most powered craft were steam driven and would have had a large, tall funnel. This could be a naptha launch, which might not require such a large exhaust, or it could be powered by an early gasoline or diesel engine.

Looking at it carefully it could be a passenger ferry? The long superstructure made me thinik it might be a yacht but being able to see through the windows on both sides throughout its length suggests a simpler interior with rows of seats, not luxury accommodations with sleeping quarters.

Still looks the same

The bridge itself was only guaranteed to last for 15 years when it was first built.

A penny for your thoughts

Well, a penny for your weight anyway. Check out that penny scale up on the near side of the bridge. Those things are worth a "pretty penny" today as collector items. What a neato bridge, they just don't make them like that anymore.

 
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