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Up Fifth: 1908

Up Fifth: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "Fifth Avenue, looking north." Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.


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Below is the same view from September of 2011.

Another year of Metropolitan Fashions

One of our prized possessions is a stunningly vivid chromolithograph poster for Butterick patterns from 1885.

Lamp brackets

Would I ever like to have just one of the iron brackets supporting the lights on the building on the left. So many times during a remodel, hardware like this just was torn down and sent to the landfill.

Hit the bricks

I imagine one would have to remain on high alert on foot. Though the streetcar is not traveling that fast, if you compare its blur to the pedestrian, the cars probably made little noise and could nail you east-to-west and north-to-south. Pittsburgh sidewalks are a hazard even today in the winter. Ice on polished brick, the incline and leather soled shoes might lower life expectancy as well.

Ah, Butterick Patterns

Memories of my grandmother with Butterick patterns pinned to cloth laid out on her cutting table.

Butterick Patterns

How wonderful to see a sign for a favorite product! Had no idea they were in business that long - and are still going strong. I enjoyed sewing some of my clothes using their patterns back in the day. It brings back memories of pleasant days. Thanks again, Shorpy.


Plenty of changes on Fifth in the Steel City. Even the Kauffman's clock on the corner of Fifth and Smithfield has changed as the new one is attached to the corner of the building instead of freestanding.

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