Saturday, December 13, 2008

What is Old Pittsburgh?

My name is Stephen and I am obsessive when it comes to my hometown (and current town) of Pittsburgh, Pa.  My youth was spent @ Three Rivers, and the 4 years I spent away at college were spent being obnoxious about where I came from.  I also happen to be a bit of a dweeb, currently employed by a Pittsburgh based startup and an ardent consumer of everything web related.  

For a long while I've wanted to find an outlet that would merge my two passions, and recently found one.  My father worked for 25 years for Allegheny County, and is a bit of an amateur historian....especially when it comes to the heritage of the Pittsburgh metro area.  He spent his youth in the steel mills, attended game 7 of the 1979 World Series, and worked most of his professional life for the county that Pittsburgh anchors.  

At one point in the late 90s/early 2000s he witnessed box of old city law photographs about to be dumped into the trash.  Being Mr. Nostalgia, he rescued said photographs and brought them home for storage.  Fast forward to September of this year, I move into a new apartment and desire to adorn my walls with pictures of Pittsburgh's past.  I ask the old man if he has any idea where I can access some old photographs.  He lead me downstairs and showed me the box of old cityscapes.....it was instant love: shady dudes standing on street corners, beat up cars, dingy factories, precisely what I was looking for.  

After framing a couple of the photos and hanging them on my wall, I realized that the collection was greater than just me, a truely historic collection that needed to be shared.  I decided to start a blog to highlight these gems, and other looks into Pittsburgh's past.....hence Old Pittsburgh.  

Enjoy, and feel free to send along any tasty morsels from da Burgh's past that you may have. 

Cheers, 

Steve 

6 comments:

  1. Steve, this looks like it will be really cool.

    I was just thinking - it might be cool to try and match each old photo with one taken today. That probably would not be possible for every one, but it would be an interesting way to see not only how things were, but how they have (or haven't) changed over the years.

    Steve
    www.iHateWheat.com

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  2. That exactly what I was thinking of doing. It just so happens that its really cold right now, so scanning and posting is way easier at this point. Once I find some motivation, it'll happen.

    p.s. congrats on being the first commenter, on what I'm sure will be a ground breaking blog that will bring the internet to its knees!!!

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  3. this is too cool! i love this.

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  4. Great blog, you may like my show http://www.burghseyeview.com Hutch Jr.

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  5. Great idea! I look forward to reading future posts.

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  6. Please post more. This is fantastic!

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