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The Rubber Store: 1908

The Rubber Store: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "Liberty Avenue at Seventh Avenue, looking west." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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I keep falling into the images produced by 8x10 Glass Negatives.

On another topic, recalling a Monty Python scene in the short attached to 'The Meaning Of Life' - a Very Big Corporation executive asks the Board "Did someone say people aren't wearing enough hats?"

About that domed building...

I used to work one block south of this scene. From my office on the 23rd floor, I looked out at the Keenan Building. When completed in 1907, the building was the tallest in the city. Its dome was originally gilded, but is now dark red.

The building was named for Thomas J. Keenan, principal owner of the Pittsburgh Press. Keenan kept the dome as his luxurious penthouse. Rumors that he entertained a whole generation of Pittsburgh women there gave the building a scandalous reputation.

The dome has been used for storage for many years.


Below is the same view from July of 2011.

The Rubber Store

I mean, I chuckled for a sec but rememembering this was 1908, assume it meant galoshes, boots and maybe hipwaders for the sporting types. Not, um ... you know.

[Also hot water bottles, trusses, irrigation bulbs, rubber gloves, etc. - Dave]

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