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Church Ladies: 1941

Church Ladies: 1941

January 1941. "Negro church in mill district of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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St. John's Evangelist Baptist Church

In the 1941 Shorpy photo note the cornerstone of the church, between the two ladies, that seems to name the church as St John's Evangelist Baptist Church in the Hazelwood neighborhood southeast of downtown Pittsburgh. From what I can tell this church was originally located on Sylvan Avenue, up the hill, at Tullymet Way (staircase) and the staircase (at left) is still there. On Street View the old curbstone looks like the original from the 1941 photo and there's the same storm drain. Street View also reveals the foundation of the church, down the stairs, as well as old stairs that must have exited the side of the church.

Steel in the Valley

Great picture. Fogginess from the steel mills belching smoke.

Perhaps we should call the ladies "Valley Girls".

Why can't we go back?

Style and Elegance. God, what a time.

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