SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Support Shorpy

Shorpy is funded by you. Help by purchasing a print or contributing. Learn more.

Social Shorpy


Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

The Electric Faucet: 1908

The Electric Faucet: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "Wood Street, looking east." Showing a rare example of the Edison Spigot. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5
To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!


Below is the same view from July of 2016.

Farmers National Bank Building

Actually, the Farmers National Bank Building was torn down so that the new Lazarus Department Store Building, spanning the block between Oliver and Fifth, could be built. Lazarus was closed by Federated in 2004, and the building has since been converted to condos.
The new PNC Building is in the block of Wood from Forbes to Fifth.

Pittsburgh slowly regenerating

This picture was taken at Wood St and 3rd Ave. At present on the left from 3rd to 4th Ave is the YMCA bldg . At the corner of 4th and Wood the Arrott bldg on the left and the Bank Tower on the right are still there. Further down on the right is the Farmers Bank Building. The Arrott , Bank Tower and Farmers Bank were all built in 1901 and 1902. The Farmers Bank was demolished in 1997 and on that site now is the new PNC ( Pittsburgh National Corp )Tower.It was opened in 2015 and is one of the greenest buildings in the US.


Ahh, these were the good old days for plumbing. The faucet is clearly the Edison Direct Water Current type. Some time later Tesla The Plumber changed Pittsburgh to Alternating Water Current.

Saw Them at the Fillmore West in '68

The Electric Spigot opened for the Grateful Dead in late November 1968. They played a some songs from their upcoming LP "The Edison Faucet Experiment." At least theat's what I remember.

This makes sense, in a strange way

I recall, in my youth, watching a Three Stooges short called "A Plumbing We Will Go". The boys take on a plumbing job at a house in a well-to-do neighborhood, and they start making a mess of it, when they discover wires inside the pipes.

At first, I thought this was conduit, but later realised that the house had originally had gas lighting, and when the gas lighting was replaced by electric lights, the electrician had simply run the electric wiring through the old gas pipes.

So, in fact, it makes sense that a plumber who did gas-fitting, would be the logical person to retrofit your gas-lit house with the new electric lighting.


I sure would like some of those great light fixtures for sale in that store!

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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.