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Wood Street: 1908

Wood Street: 1908

Circa 1908. "Wood Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." A good look at the street-rail infrastructure in place 100 years ago. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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I didn't realize that the building on the left foreground was the same with the 80s streetfriendly reduction.

Lost soul

In virtually every original scene that has been presented on Shorpy, when someone has posted the same scene today, the spirit, the soul, the humanity, the beauty is gone. What has happened to our world?


Below is the same view from July of 2011.

Optical Illusion

Before I supersized this photo I thought that was snow on the street. Bad eyes or wishful thinking, I sure was hoping to cool off with a peek at snow. Bummer.

[Would you settle for an airborne bugle with a Seussian finial? - Dave]

Way cool Dave, thanks!

Sunday morning? Where is everyone?

Pittsburgh was a bustling city with a very active downtown in 1905. I'd expect to see a lot more traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular. So I'm guessing this was Sunday morning, when all proper people would be in church, but not so early that the woman crossing in front was afraid to go out.

Fancy Building & Peoples Bank remain

Hard to see People's Bank but I think it is there. The fancy building on the right is in plain sight.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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