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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Farmers Bank: 1910

Farmers Bank: 1910

Pittsburgh circa 1910. "Wood Street and the Farmers Bank." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

1910 Farmers Building

Another incredible photo!! It makes you feel like you are really there!! The collision of technology, horse and buggy against automobiles and trolleys. Unfortunately most of these majestic buildings are long gone.

Discriminating awnings

Once again we've got awnings only for the boss's corner office and his secretary next door.

'Round and 'round they go

Couldn't help but notice the delicate and unusual spiral fire escape on the front of the Phillips Outfitters building in the foreground.

Four Layers Strong

The Farmers Bank is interesting, there are four distinct layers as it goes up. Were new levels added as time went by or was it thus configured from the beginning? Is it still there? Curious design.

Keenan Building

The smaller tower to the left, topped with the unusual poured concrete dome, is the Keenan building of 1907. Thomas Keenan was the publisher of the Evening Penny, a tabloid style newspaper, and a real estate speculator. He lived in a penthouse apartment in the dome and led such an epicurean lifestyle that pious ladies would cross the street to avoid walking in front of such a notorious den of sin. Needless to say, its my favorite building in the entire city and still looks great today.

Wonderful!

Love these wonderful early century sky views! Did you ever notice in most of these shots there is always a policeman and a broom man tending to his chores.

Tires vs Hooves

From the looks of things it seems this newfangled horseless carriage fad just ain’t going to go away anytime soon.

 
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