The Brady Stewart Collection of 20th Century Photographs – Portfolios 1920-1939


Helen Stewart helping Grandfather in the garden - 1919



Brady Stewart Children

Brady and Sarah had three children, Helen born in 1916, Brady Wilson Stewart Jr. born in 1920 and Sally born in 1923.

Helen married Ed Belknap and had two children; Ann and Marne Belknap.  Ann Winters is married and living in Alaska and Marne (Margaret) Coldwell is married and living in Indiana.

Brady married Marjorie Zapp in 1944.  Brady and Marjorie had five (5) children; Cathleen Brady, Brady Wilson III, Michael Dilworth, Patrick Mathews, and Timothy Gray Stewart.

Sally married Pittsburgh restaurateur Bill Kramer.  Bill and Sally raised Bill’s two children from a previous marriage; Chip and Polly.

Weekend Day Trips

During the children’s formative years, the family was on the road most weekends visiting sites throughout Central and Western Pennsylvania.  Traveling along the popular highway Route 30 was one of the favorite weekend trips.

City of Pittsburgh Photographer

Brady Stewart was a full time City photographer for 16 years (1920-1936).  During his time working for the city, Brady met and worked with a number of prominent politicians.  One of his favorite people was Mayor David L. Lawrence.  It was not uncommon for Mayor Lawrence to delay news conferences and/or photo opts if Brady Stewart was in the crowd.  They would chat about the old days and tell of few jokes before getting back to the business at hand.

B.W. Stewart Studio Assignments

While working for the city, Brady took on a number of freelance assignments from Ketchum McLeod and Grove Advertising Agency, corporate firms and local newspapers.

Duquesne University

In 1932, Brady Stewart accepted a freelance assignment to photograph the grounds and classrooms of Duquesne University.  Brady Stewart used a large format Deardorff camera for the job and the files include 27 8×10 negatives of the university.

Brady Stewart Jr.

During the 1930s, Brady Stewart Jr., became very interested in photography.  Brady Jr. went to Wilkinsburg High School and was a member of the marching band (tuba).  Brady Jr. accompanied his father on a number of photographic assignments and also leaned to developed film and enlarge photographic prints.

Photos can be viewed at


About bradystewartcollection
The Brady Stewart Collection of photographs, made by Brady Stewart, Brady Stewart Jr. and associates of Brady Stewart Studio Inc., consists of photographs taken in and around Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Lake Erie, Lake Chautauqua, New York, Southwestern Ohio, Washington DC, Niagara Falls and Idaho. The historically significant collection spans most of the 20th century (1900-1990) and includes a wide array of Black &White, Sepia and Color photographs on Advertising & Products, Buildings and Churches, Children, Homesteading in Idaho, Manufacturing & Equipment, People & Lifestyle, Pittsburgh City Scenes, Sports and Transportation. The Brady Stewart Collection encompasses over 20,000 glass plates, prints and film negatives of all shapes and sizes. Today, Brady Stewart Studio is a fourth generation photography business. We are one of the longest operating family-owned commercial photography studios in the United States (1912-1991, 2008-). The Collection Images can be viewed at our hosted web site,

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