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Pittsburgh Panorama: 1941

June 1941. "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

June 1941. "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Today? Less charm.

But, hey ... more fence.


This appears to have been taken from South Oakland looking north toward the Carnegie Library.

Bloomfield Vistas

It took me a while, but I think I finally pinned down the Pittsburgh neighborhood in this photo. It had to be a relatively flat area that bordered a steep hillside. At first I was thinking it was on the south hilltops, but the large church just didn't fit and I couldn't find a vantage point. Then I remembered the plateau from the Oakland neighborhood all the way to Highland Park and it all fell into place. I believe this is Bloomfield probably taken from the Bloomfield Bridge, facing east-northeast.

The church with the asymmetric steeples was then known as St. Joseph. It still exists on Liberty Avenue (now part of Saint Maria Goretti). The upper portions of both steeples have been removed, so they now are of equal height. The other large building to the right (with a cross as well) is likely the parish school, but that building no longer exists. There is a large parking lot where it once stood.

The large, lighter colored building in the background has to be West Penn Hospital.
Like most urban hospitals, it has had several expansions over the years and looks much different today.

The hillside in the foreground is the north edge of the ravine (crossed by the bridge) that separates Bloomfield from North Oakland. It was a major railroad right of way heading east (Pennsy and B&O I think). It still has CSX tracks and also the East Busway.

How did

the guy get up on that roof?

Challenge Accepted

I found the 48-star flag, but not where I expected to see it. I won't give away the location to allow others to play the "Coronavirus Quarantine Sanity Keeper" game.

Old Glory

This photograph is a bona fide Coronavirus Quarantine Sanity Keeper:
Let's play "Find the 48-Star American Flag"
Ready ... Go!!

Look out below!

To that guy working on the roof: Look out -- it's a long way down!

On a clear day in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Which was very rare indeed. It was nicknamed 'The Smoky City' for a very good reason.

Cherry Blossoms Soda

By 1941 the Cherry Blossoms ad had already become a ghost sign. Not much to be found on this St. Louis company that produced a line of soft drinks, including "Kreemo" root beer.

Pittsburgh: City of Stairs

Is there a city in America with as many stairs as Pittsburgh? This photo shows about eight staircases, as well as an area where the slope appears too steep for a staircase.

As I've pointed out elsewhere, many of the staircases are owned by the city and are classified as streets.

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