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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

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