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Old Pittsburgh Postcards - $39 (northern Michigan)

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A collection of 17 diverse scenes dating from as early as 1905 to the 1950’s. Card types run from the early black-and-white photo-based views produced by the Rotograph Company to color-tinted photo cards dressed up by German artists, to the Linen Era and on into more modern chromes. Some of the earliest used cards in this collection have handwritten messages on the back side of the card and bear postmarks with canceled one-cent stamps. The oldest cards have undivided backs.

Views include a few rare shots of Pittsburgh’s waterfront with its river boat traffic, various downtown views (including one of Unger’s Jewelers in the Oliver Building), the McKees Rocks Bridge, Buhl Planetarium, “The Pittsburgh New Look Sky Line” (showing several buildings that I suspect are no longer standing), and the Greater Pittsburgh Airport (billed at the time as “the world’s most modern.”).

The automobiles parked in front of Mellon Institute are like the ones many Pittsburghers were driving in the 1940’s, though the card was likely produced at a later date. There’s also a nice early view of Rosenbaum’s and adjacent buildings, as viewed from First National Bank.

If you feed on Pittsburgh’s old bridges, take note that one card shows the West End and Point Bridges as well as the long-gone Exposition Center. Another old card of the 6th Avenue Bridge shows horse-and -wagons unloading coal from barges at the waterfront operation of Second Pool Coal Company.

A couple of cards from other western PA locatiions are included with the 17 Pittsburgh views.

If the buyer of this collection is interested, I will include a rare black-and-white archive image that shows the city as most steelworkers of the 1940’s would remember it.

Collection shipped to Pennsylvania addresses for $39.

post id: 7752003161

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