From the photo archives of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 2, 2013 8:00 PM Subscribe
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For over a year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
has been digitizing old photos from its far-reaching library and putting them on a Tumblr called The Digs
Locals will get more enjoyment out of glimpses into the past of some Pittsburgh neighborhoods (for instance, Oakland
or East Liberty
), but the Digs has plenty to offer anyone with an interest in the United States of the 1900s—or likes a good picture. Here are some posts to get you started, if you don't want to dive into the entire thing:
- Look inside the H.J. Heinz facilities in 1904, and again in 1956. As a bonus, you will be treated to a shot of Heinz himself inspecting crops from a horse-drawn cart, and one of his childhood home being floated down the Allegheny River.
- From the turn of the twentieth century: John C. Bragdon's often bleak "Pittsburgh Views", taken when the city was a major steel producer.
- In April 1941, the city rehearsed a blackout in preparation for a possible air raid during World War II. Four years later, celebrants took to Fifth Avenue to mark V-J Day—only 26 years after soldiers who fought in World War I were welcomed home on the same street.
- No Pittsburgh retrospective would be complete without a prodigious amount of sport, and the Digs does not disappoint. Limiting ourselves to baseball, we find, for a start, memories of a pennant race against the New York Giants in 1905, Babe Ruth's swan song at Forbes Field, and photos from Jackie Robinson's many trips to Pittsburgh.
- Small curiosities abound. Read about the "tragic case" of the Brain Burglar, who underwent a prefrontal lobotomy in the hopes that it would cure him of his predilection for crime; local celebrities of the past, be they conspiracy theorists or dancing traffic cops; and the crowd drawn—and covered in smoke—by a steamboat race.
- There were, of course, disasters: an overturned streetcar on Christmas Eve, 1917; the Great St. Patrick's Day Flood, the worst in Pittsburgh's history; and the lesser Flood of 1907.
For more—much more—from Pittsburgh's past, see the archives of Pittsburgh Courier
photographer Teenie Harris (previously
on the Blue, but here is the updated link