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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.

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A Fan in Every Room: 1938

A Fan in Every Room: 1938

July 1938. "Houses along Monongahela River and Boulevard of the Allies. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

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Trouble Sleeping?

Looking straight ahead in the middle of the picture it looks like someone threw out a bed frame and a head board onto the roof of that building in the next block over. Maybe a mattress on the floor was more comfy.

Pittsburgh's Roosevelt

The Roosevelt Hotel (named for Teddy, not Franklin) opened in 1927 and closed in 1972. It had 600 rooms (and thus over 600 fans) at the corner of Sixth Street and Penn Avenue. For a time before the completion of Three Rivers Stadium, Art Rooney ran his NFL football team from the hotel. It still stands today as a mixed-use building with 109 apartments and commercial space.

Double Dutch

"A Fan In Every Room" and "Air Conditioned" -- ready for that August heat wave.

Forget the Steel work

Looks like there's a lot of money to be made in Tuckpointing.

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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