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Men's Doctor: 1938

Men's Doctor: 1938

May 1938. "Quack doctor -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Downtown Doctor Slain, 633 Liberty

According to The Pittsburg Press of Sept. 15, 1939, our dear Dr. Quack, a.k.a. Dr. Frank G. Leslie, got his due. It's the sad tale of one Mike Koski, who was apparently not cured of venereal disease as promised. He therefore walked into the office and shot Dr. Leslie to death. Wow. The details read like a crime tabloid complete with lurid pictures on Page 2. The details allude to a possible doctor behind the doctor, one Dr. Joseph Cerra (our language interpreter), who hired Leslie to front the operation. My free advice is nothing comes for free.


At first glance, I wondered why the title of the image alluded to the physician as being a fraudulent practitioner of medicine. Upon closer examination, I noticed "Free Advise" above the main sign! Also, the mention of being an interpreter of foreign languages as a sideline seems to confirm the "quack" diagnosis!

Demolition in progress

Zimmerman building about 90% demolished, October 2005 --

Signs abound

An interesting collection.

Other Views of the Zimmerman Building

Below are a few more view of the old Zimmerman Building

Zimmerman Building

At 10th and Liberty, demolished 2005.


Surely the apostrophe should follow the S, as in MENS' DOCTOR.

[Incorrect. The plural of "man" is "men," not "mens." The singular and plural possessives are man's doctor, men's doctor. Child's doctor, children's doctor. Woman's clothing, women's clothing. - Dave]

How much you wanna bet

His free advice was "Always pay the doctor"!


Now the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

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