Pittsburgh’s Shocking Early Steps

  We've been looking at things you don't know about 1816. That was the year Pittsburgh got big enough to become a city, relying less on the state to run things. So far, we've learned: There was no summer that year. The City of Bridges had no bridges yet. Now, we find something really unexpected: Public Love-Making Yes, public love-making. The scandalous fad swept across...
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It Ain’t Easy Saving the Past

Don't mess with these ladies, the Pittsburgh DAR chapter in 1906. So, you want to preserve an old historic building? Of course not. You want someone else do it. Let's look at two examples where people did come forward. First we'll detail the effort, setbacks and determination of a group of women who ensured the Fort Pitt Block House was not broken up and ...
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Exploring the Belly of the Burgh in 1866, Part 1

Pittsburgh, as it would have looked to Parton for the brief time the smoke cleared a little. See credit lines at end of post. Time travel is possible. Come with me and we'll join James Parton as he takes a train to Pittsburgh 149 years ago. James Parton You might be surprised. Proud Pittsburghers will tell us about the health benefits of smoke.  We'll go ...
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Dress All 1816 in 2016

One look is all it took for passion to bloom in 1816 Pittsburgh What to Wear? What to Wear? It wasn't a very big city, to be sure; less than 6,000 residents, but still there were balls and plenty of coming-out parties to attend. Then, there was church. What would you wear? We've been looking at 1816, the year Pittsburgh got big enough to become a city Thanks t...
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Kane Was Able

1929 Self Portrait of John Kane, considered one of his masterpieces, resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. As rabid supporters  of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders gnash their teeth, it may be time to look at John Kane. No, not John McCain. John Kane. Is he a candidate? No, he's dead. Has been so since 1934. Kane was a one-l...
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