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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Bankers Row: 1905

Bankers Row: 1905

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1905. "Pittsburgh Wall Street (4th Avenue)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Before removal of "The Hump"

This was before Grant's Hill was removed in 1912. What once was a slight rise was excavated, making most of downtown flat.

Must be Sunday

There's nobody doing any business, although the clock says 1.

The view to-day

Too bad the Curb isn't there anymore. Looks like it could have been a nice place for a tall cool one.


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