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Bankers' Row: 1905

Bankers' Row: 1905

Pittsburgh circa 1905. "Fourth Avenue at Stock Exchange." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Never seen so many Charlie Chaplin impersonators in one spot.


Is that Charles Chaplin I see (left side walking behind the couple in front.) It looks so much like him.

The age of elegance

Naturally there are changes in styles and office dress codes as the years go by, but this style of dark suits and Derby hats for men and the Gibson girl attire with long skirts and very modest blouses for women was particularly flattering to almost everyone, unlike some of the passing fashions we have seen in these old pictures. Women's office and street clothes of the 1930s were not too becoming to most ladies and of course the late 1960s and '70s were "the wilder, the better". Today's "look" I will not pass judgment on as I know the wearer's comfort surpasses all other reasoning. However, this entire group of people pictured all look very well turned-out.

Canyon Effect

Viewing this brings understanding of why cities began writing "setback" laws for highrise buildings.


Below is the same view from July of 2016.

Good gosh!

Is that a man in public without a hat? What is the world of 1905 coming to?

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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