Pittsburgh Skyline 1900-1910


Pittsburgh Images 1904-1905

We are digitizing the entire collection of Living in Western Pennsylvania by year; this group is online,  http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list.  Gallery: Living In Western Pennsylvania 1900-1910.

We added 10 new images of the Pittsburgh Skyline.  The images feature four (4) of the new buildings constructed since the turn of the century; the Frick Building, the Arrott Building, the Farmers Bank Building and the Bessemer Building.  The funding for this metamorphosis came from three of the city’s wealthiest residents; Henry Clay Frick, Henry W. Phipps, and Henry W. Oliver.

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View of the Pittsburgh Skyline from the roof of the Empire Building on Liberty Avenue.

Pittsburgh Skyscrapers 1904

The following architects were instrumental in shaping the early 20th Century Pittsburgh Skyline:

1)       Frick Building:  D.H. Burnham & Company

           a. 20 Floors and completed in 1902

2)       Arrott Building:  Frederick J. Osterling and Edward B. Lee Architects

           a. 18 Floors and completed in 1902

3)       Farmers Bank Building:  Alden and Harlow Architects

           a. 27 Floors and completed in 1902

4)       Bessemer Building:  Grosvernor Atterbury Architect

           a. 13 Floors and completed in 1905

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View of the Bessemer Building in Pittsburgh under construction. Image was taken from the roof of the Empire Building on Liberty Avenue.

City of Pittsburgh Images – 1905

We added seven (7) new images of Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington.  The views provide a better view of the coal barges on the Monongahela, Point Buildings, the new Wabash Bridge, Terminal and Office Building, the financial district skyline, uptown view of Duquesne College and the P&LE Railroad station and yard on the south side.

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View of the PL&E Railroad Building and yard, Smithfield Street Bridge, Panhandle Railroad Bridge and Mon warehouses from Mount Washington

The next Post will summarize the balance of the negatives and prints digitized to complete “Living in Western Pennsylvania 1900-1910.

A reminder that the new images can be found at  http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list.  Gallery: Living In Western Pennsylvania 1900-1910.  And that the images online are for sale and all proceeds are used to digitize and identify more prints and negatives.

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Historical Pittsburgh Images 1900-1910


Historic Pittsburgh Images of the Boys Brigade 1903

As discussed in the previous blog, we are digitizing the entire collection of Living in Western Pennsylvania by year; this group is online,  http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list.  Gallery: Living In Western Pennsylvania 1900-1910.

The following sets of images were taken in 1903 in McKeesport and Gettysburg Pennsylvania.  Brady Stewart was part of a youth church group called the Boy’s Brigade.  I have to admit that prior to digitizing the images, I had not heard of the Boy’s Brigade.  After some online research, I found out that they were, and still are, a large international faith-based organization focused on building character and values within young boys and girls.  The Boys and Girls Club along with the Boys and Girls Scouts were loosely modeled after the Boy’s Brigade;

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Historic image of the Methodist Boys Brigade

The Methodist Boy’s Brigade from McKeesport participated in the 40th year anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  Each boy in the Boy’s Brigade belonged to a company and each company was attached to a church.  The company is under control of a Captain who has a staff of Lieutenants, Warrant Offices, Helpers and Instructors. Each company was split into a number of sections by age;

1)      Anchor Boys:  for ages 6-8

2)      Junior Boys:  for ages 8-11

3)      Company Section: for ages 11-15

4)      Seniors:  for ages 15-18

The Boy’s Brigade uniforms from the beginning had a military look since it reflected the military approach of the organization which stressed drill and discipline.

Pittsburgh’s Boys Brigade In Historic Gettysburg 1903

The new images include Brady Stewart and members of the McKeesport Boy’s Brigade, participating in the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  The images also include members of the Pennsylvania National Guard along with Troop F of the 15th US Cavalry Unit.

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There are a total of 13 new Boy’s Brigade / Gettysburg images online now and can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list.  Gallery:  Living in Western Pennsylvania 1900-1910.  The next post will include new images of members of the Fort Pitt Masonic Lodge marching in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh 1903.

Additional Historical Pittsburgh Images

We added two new images of Westmoreland County Coal Company and eight (8) Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania maps from 1750 to 1865.

And a reminder that all the images online are for sale and all proceeds are used to digitize and identify more prints and negatives.

The Brady Stewart Collection


The blog has been on hiatus for over a year while I recovered from eye problems related to documenting and digitizing our negatives.  While recovering, we made the decision put the Brady Stewart Collection up for sale. Over the past year, we went through the files again to refine the image database to get an even better idea of quantity and content.  We have separated the negatives and prints into 3 (three) Collections; Living in Western Pennsylvania (1900-1990), Western Pennsylvania Products and Advertising (1900-1990), and The Brady Stewart Studio Archives (1888-1990).

Our next steps are to work with consultants to appraise the business and to digitize / identify each negative and print starting with the Living in Western Pennsylvania Collection.  As we complete the image files, we will create a post on the blog and add to the images already on our hosting site; bstewartphoto.photoshelter.com.

The Living in Western Pennsylvania (1900-1990) Collection includes images from the following groups:1) Views of the city and streets of Pittsburgh

View of the city from Mount Washington - 1906.

View of the city from Mount Washington – 1906.

  • Views of the city of Pittsburgh
  • Views of the Stewart Family traveling throughout Western PA for vacation and weekend trip
    • Lake Erie / North East PA, Route 30 PA, Beer Run Creek
  • View of Pittsburgh-area churches and community organizations
    • East Liberty Presbyterian Church, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Goodwill Industries, Allegheny Valley School
  • Views of Pittsburgh’s changing skyline, buildings and architecture
  • Views of area schools, colleges and universities
    • Duquesne University, PITT, Pennsylvania College for Women, Bethel Park High School
  • Views of Pittsburgh-area business store fronts and signs
  • Views of Greater Pittsburgh Airport and Pennsylvania Railroad locations

Western Pennsylvania Products and Advertising (1900-1990) Collection includes images from the following groups:

  • Creative work from Pittsburgh Advertising Agencies, Art Studios, Corporate Marketing departments, Public Relations Firms, and Architects; examples include:
    • Advertising Agencies:  Ketchum Macleod & Grove Advertising, W Craig Chambers Advertising, W.S. Walker Advertising, Wasey, Ruthranff & Ryan, Lando Advertising, Walker & Downing Advertising, Feldman and Kahn Inc, W.F. Minnick & Associates, Thompson Matelan Advertising, Lesko Advertising, Federman, Adams & Colopy, Inc. LWP Advertising

      Rege Cordic's Olde Frothingslosh Beer

      Rege Cordic’s Olde Frothingslosh Beer

    • Art Studios:  Frank Hnat Studios, Graphic Studios, Pitt Studios, Sun-Art, The Animators
    • Corporate Marketing:  US Steel, PPG, Calgon, Westinghouse, Gulf Oil, Pennsylvania Railroad Co., HK Porter, Swindell Dresser, Minnotte Manufacturing, WW Paterson Co., Mathews International, PAMECO Products, AG Trimble Co, Edlis Beauty Supplies, Eiben and Irr Co.
    • Public Relations Firms:  Daniell Sapp and Borne,
    • Printers:  Geyer Printing, Colonial Press, Meyer Printing
    • Architects:  Ingham, Boyd and Pratt, Richardson, Gordon & Associates
  • Location and Studio photography assignments for Advertising Agencies, Art Studios, Local Corporations and Printers
    • Studio photography took place in 4 different locations in downtown Pittsburgh from 1940-1990; 812 Market Street, 725 Liberty Avenue, 211 Empire Building, and 227 Fort Pitt Boulevard.
    • Brady Stewart Studio went on location all over the tri-state area to support customer requirements.
  • Various products included in individual photographs from 1900-1990
    • When reviewing each of the folders, we looked for unique products from the last 100 years.

The Brady Stewart Studio Archives (1900-1990) includes images a variety of sources other than Western Pennsylvania Products and Advertising and Living in Western Pennsylvania; examples include:

  • Stewart family and friends at Lake Chautauqua New York  1901

    Brady Stewart 1912

    Brady Stewart 1912

  • Brady Stewart attending the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis MO
  • Brady Stewart visiting Brady family in Cincinnati OH 1906
  • Brady Stewart homesteading in Idaho with three friends 1908-1910
  • Brady & Sarah Stewart’s Honeymoon in Washington DC 1912
  • Travel to Toronto Canada and Niagara Falls 1914
  • Brady Stewart family photos 1900-1960
  • Photos of Brady Stewart in the Army WW I (1918-1919)
  • Brady Stewart Jr. WW II Wedding and honeymoon on Martha’s Vineyard
  • Brady Stewart Jr. family photos
  • Brady Stewart Studio Offices and Personnel
  • Brady Stewart Studio on location photographic and miscellaneous studio assignments (business and award meetings)
  • PR Photography for a large number of Pittsburgh-area businesses – great for genealogy research
  • And much more Brady Stewart Studio work

Looking forward to moving all of the great content online, it should be a lot of fun for all of us!

The Oakland Neighborhood of Pittsburgh


We added 14 new images to the Brady Stewart Collection Archive web site and created a new Gallery – Oakland Neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The new images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list. All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

Brady Stewart 1912

Brady Stewart 1912

We discovered another view of one of our most popular images, view of Forbes Field (1970).  Brady Stewart Jr. took this photograph and many more during the 1970 WPIAL Championship baseball game Bethel Park Blackhawk’s vs. the Mount Pleasant Vikings.  It was a well-played game with the difference being the two Gorinski brothers who played for Mount Pleasant along with questionable decisions on the base pads for Bethel Park.  Yes, if this writer was a little faster in the 30 yard dash, Bethel Park would have won the game… and if the 3rd base coach would have held up the stop sign on two different occasions, Bethel Park would have won.  But as we all know in sports, ifs and maybe always come up when you lose close games.  This image is the companion view to image, looking at left field from the 1st base side upper deck.

Forbes Field - 1970

Forbes Field – 1970

We created a montage of our favorite views of Forbes Field; Forbes Field  under construction, Roberto Clemente smiling during a charity baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates in the dugout watching the game, Pittsburgh Steelers posing for a publicity photo at Forbes Field.

Forbes Field - 1950s & 1960s

Forbes Field – 1950s & 1960s

During the 1950s, Brady Stewart Studio was the largest commercial photography studio in Western Pennsylvania and tri-state area.  The studio worked with the largest Corporations, Architects, Advertising Agencies and Attorneys in the city examples include; Ketchum McLeod and Grove, Lando Advertising, W Craig Chambers, Pennsylvania Railroad, Calgon, PPG Paints, ALCOA Building Products, Ingram Boyd and Platt Architects and many more.  The following images were for a location photography assignment for Attorneys and related to either a legal issue or accident in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh. (1955)

Greymore Road and S Richland Lane in Point Breeze

Greymore Road and S Richland Lane in Point Breeze

We discovered a few more views of the Oakland section of Pittsburgh; a wide view of Oakland from Schenley Park along with a tighter view featuring Forbes Field, Cathedral of Learning and the new Litchfield Towers designed by local architects; Deeter and Ritchey (1965)

View of Oakland from Schenley Park

View of Oakland from Schenley Park

View of the Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts building. Designed by Henry Hornbostel, the building was one of the four original Carnegie Technical Schools. Completed in 1916, the College of Fine Arts has many distinguished alumni including; Andy Warhol, Holly Hunter, Ted Danson and Steven Bochco.  Another distinguished alumnus of one the Carnegie Tech schools was my Great Aunt, Helen Stewart. She was a graduate of the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College for Women.

Carnegie Mellon's Fine Arts Building - 1950s

Carnegie Mellon’s Fine Arts Building – 1950s

Location photography assignment for Ingram Boyd and Pratt for the University of Pittsburgh’s new Memorial Field House… later renamed the Fitzgerald Field House.  The facility is located at the corner of Aliquippa & Darragh streets in Oakland and has a capacity of over 4,000.

University of Pittsburgh Memorial Field House

University of Pittsburgh Memorial Field House

Additional images of Pittsburgh and Oakland can be found at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list.  All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

The Brady Stewart Collection: Gift Ideas for the Holidays


The Brady Stewart Collection is overstocked on a variety of photographic prints in our archives.  When we created prints to fulfill customer orders, we usually made additional prints at the same time.  For a limited time and while supplies last, we are offering the overstocked prints for the low price of:  1) 8×10 = $15.95 (+ sales tax and shipping).  A great gift idea for the holidays… and for the person who has everything!

Let's go to the birthday party - 1955

Files include; photos of the Point, Pittsburgh Buildings, Pittsburgh City views , Sports, Local Businesses and a lot more. We have some of the examples in a gallery named “Overstocked Collection Prints” on the web site, the link: http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/Overstocked-Collection-Prints/G0000PKPLcXXswU0/.  And we have a lot more than the ones inluded in the Gallery so the best way to find out if we have the print you want at the discounted price is to send us an email bstewartphoto@aol.com or call 724.554.9813.

Merry Christmas from the Stewart Family - 1949

All images in the blog and web site are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

Thank you for your interest in the Brady Stewart Collection of 20th Century Photographs.

The Strip District of Pittsburgh


We have been busy documenting another filing cabinet full of negatives and prints.  We will add many more images to the Collection over the next month.  We added 11 new images to the Brady Stewart Collection Archive web site and created a new Gallery – New Images added in November 2012.  We created an additional Gallery called “The Strip District in Pittsburgh” where we included many more views of the Strip from 1925 to 1965.  The new images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list. All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

View from Smallman Street up 17th Street toward Penn and Liberty Avenues

The new images include location photography of the Thorofare Grocery Store offices in the Strip District. The assignment was contracted by Commonwealth Realty to show off the Thorofare property at 17th Street and Smallman Street.  Brady Stewart Jr. took this assignment and completed it on two different dates; early morning during the normal Saturday rush and Sunday when the traffic was at a minimum.

View Northeast up Smallman Street toward St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and Rectory

View of the Pennsylvania Railroad produce yards looking southwest toward the 16th   Street bridge and downtown Pittsburgh.

Looking down Smallman Street toward 16th Street Bridge and Pittsburgh

View of the Thorofare offices on 17th Street with 1953 Pontiac Bonneville in front of the door.

17th Street toward Smallman Street and Thorofare Offices

We added three images from a Railway Express file.  Railway Express was “the” door-to-door package delivery company in Pittsburgh for many years… similar to UPS today.  Railway Express was a very good client of Brady Stewart Studio, we were on call to photograph any accident site for insurance and legal purposes. The view below was an accident near the Railway Express yard in the Strip District.  The location of the accident was at Liberty Avenue and 22nd Street.

Liberty Avenue in the Strip District – 1951

We also created a new Gallery, The Strip District of Pittsburgh.  The view below was taken by my grandfather in 1925 right before the Pennsylvania Railroad built the produce yards to alleviate the traffic problems in the area.

Liberty Ave and 22nd Street in the Strip District – 1925

Historical Pittsburgh Photographs of the Point-Area Before Gateway Center


We added 40 new images to the Brady Stewart Collection Archive web site and created a new Gallery – New Images added March 13th 2012. The new images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list. All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

Renaissance 1, the revitalization of Pittsburgh’s downtown, became a reality in 1946 after the election of David L. Lawrence.  Mayor Lawrence worked closely with Richard K. Mellon, Chairman of Mellon Bank, to develop a plan transform the “smokey city” into a more livable and metropolitan city.  Most are unaware that for over 30 years (1955-1985), Pittsburgh was home to the 2nd largest number of Fortune 500 companies… next to New York City.  The list included; US Steel, National Steel, Rockwell, Rubbermaid, Alcoa, Allegheny International, HJ Heinz, Koppers, Inc, PNC Bank, Mellon Bank, Ampco-Pittsburgh, Bayer Corporation, Fisher Scientific, Gulf Oil, Joy Manufacturing, L.B. Foster Company, LTV Steel, Jones and Laughlin Steel, Mobay, Pittsburgh Steel, PPG Industries, Swindell Dressler, Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, & Consolidated Coal.  It is clear that many of the area companies along with others would not of made Pittsburgh corporate headquarters without Renaissance 1.  As you can see with images prior to 1950, the city was a typical manufacturing city in the rust belt; unattractive, dirty, older buildings and not very metropolitan. Since I travelled extensively for business from 1975-2008, I visited nearly all of the rust belt cities and Pittsburgh is the only one that transformed itself into a spectacular skyline.  Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Wheeling, Harrisburg, Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester are examples of rust belt cities.

Aerial View of Pittsburgh - 1947

Harry Truman’s Housing Act of 1949 was the key piece of legislation that enabled the city of Pittsburgh to clear the blighted areas near the point for Gateway Center.  The Act was of great importance in that it governed the way the financial resources of the federal government would shape the growth of American cities in the post-war era. The following photographs were taken by Brady Stewart Studio in support the architectural plans of Ludgate, Lear & Company.

Point-area Companies to be Displaced by Gateway Center Construction

Some of the more well-known companies displaced by Gateway Center construction are:  Commonwealth Heating & Lighting, Demmler-Schenck, Rosenbloom Finance, M.A. Baskind, Blaw-Knox Company, Home for Aged Women, Hotel Carr, Pittsburgh Case Sales, Heyl and Patterson, Pittsburgh and WV Railways, Follansbee Steel Company, Point Restaurant and Cafe, and Esser Costume Company.  The next image highlights “old Pittsburgh” before it was transformed by the implementation of Renaissance 1 & 2.

 

Pittsburgh's Point - 1928

The next image is a street level view of Liberty Avenue at Fancourt Street (left) and Fourth Avenue (right).   Company signs in the area include; Commonwealth Heating Company, Eppy’s Parking Lot, M.A. Baskind & Company, Demmler and Schenck Co., and the Albert Brahm and Company.

Liberty Avenue and Fancourt Street - 1950

The next image is a view of the point-area looking across the Boulevard of the Allies and Third Avenue towards Liberty Avenue.  Company signs in the area, Eppy’s Parking Lots, Follansbee Steel Corporation, Wonderlite Manufacturing Co.,  Dravo Corporation, Esser Costume Company,  Amoco Service Station, and a Victory Sausage billboard.

Point-Area before Gateway Center Construction - 1950

The last image is an aerial photograph of the Point-area prior to the Gateway Center Construction.  The view is looking from the Monongahela River up Ferry Street toward Liberty Avenue and over to the Allegheny River.  The Pittsburgh Press Building is in the foreground and the Bessemer and Fulton Buildings in the background.

Aerial View of the Point-Area before Gateway Center Construction - 1950

Additional images of the point-area can be found at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list… City of Pittsburgh Street Scenes.  All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

Historical Photographs of the Pittsburgh Skyline – 1904


We added 40 new images to the Brady Stewart Collection Archive web site and created a new Gallery – New Images added March 13th 2012. The new images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list. All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

Brady Stewart started his professional photography career shooting Wabash Railroad progress photos in 1903.  His next project was shooting a panorama of the city from the top of the Empire Building (1904).  He used his father’s contacts (Homer Stewart, Treasurer of First Guarantee Trust) to gain access to the rooftop of the Empire Building to take the panorama.  The Empire Building was located on Liberty Avenue and Stanwix Street and was situated next to the Jenkins Arcade for over 70 years.  Both buildings were torn down to make room for the Fifth Avenue Place.  The Empire Building was also the home of Brady Stewart Studio for over 20 years.

Farmers Bank and Frick Buildings

Brady Stewart’s objective was to capture the dramatic changes to the Pittsburgh Skyline during the early 1900s.  This image included some of the new Pittsburgh Skyscrapers included;  the Frick, Farmers Bank, and Carnegie Buildings.  Some of the painted building signs included; Pittsburgh Coal Company, J.R. Weldin & Company, Germania Savings Bank, Solomon’s Outfitters, and Geo Reineman’s Restaurant.

Arrott and People Savings Bank Buildings

The next image is looking south toward the Arrott Building, Monongahela River and South Side.  The company signs painted on buildings included; J.R. Weldin & Company, Germania Savings Bank, Solomon’s Outfitters, Geo Reineman’s Restaurant, German Fire Insurance Company, and Pittsburgh Savings Bank.

Liberty Avenue Looking East

The next image is looking east up Liberty Avenue toward the Pennsylvania Railroad Station.  Notice the three sets of streetcar tracks going up Liberty Avenue.  Company signs painted on buildings included; C.A Verner Shoes, Pickering Furniture, Rosenbaum Company, Home Trust Company of Pittsburgh, Lyle Brothers Hardware, New York Dentist, John Wallace Produce, Monongahela National Bank, Renwick Brothers Millinery, and J.C. Lindsay Hardware Company.

Bessemer Building and Allegheny River

The next image is looking north toward the Bessemer Building, Allegheny River and the North Side.  The Bessemer Building was the sister building of the soon-to-be-built Fulton Building (1906).  The Bessemer Building was torn down for the Sixth Avenue Garage and the Fulton has been renamed the Bynum Theatre.

The new images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list. All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

New Historical Pittsburgh Photographs of Oakland


We added 40 new images to the Brady Stewart Collection Archive web site and created a new Gallery – New Images added March 13th 2012. The new images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list. All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

We discovered an excellent image of Schenley Park taken by my grandfather from the top of Flagstaff Hill (1907).  The image includes the statue of Edward Manning Bigelow, the Electric Fountain, the Bellefield Bridge, St Pierre Ravine, and the Carnegie Institute.

Schenley Park became a reality on October 30, 1889, when Mary Schenley gave 300 acres to the City for the creation of a proper city park.  Edward Bigelow, Director of Public Works, was instrumental in securing the land from the Schenley family to create Schenley Park.  The first image includes the Bellefield Bridge which was completed in 1897. It was a single-arch stone bridge across St. Pierre Ravine and served to link the outer end of Bigelow Boulevard (formerly Grant) to the spur of land extending southward from the rear elevation of Carnegie Institute.  The Bridge was buried at the time of the filling of the Ravine around 1911-1912.

View of the Carnegie Institute and Schenley Park from Flagstaff Hill

The next image is a closeup of the Carnegie Institute.  Dedicated by Andrew Carnegie and opened to the public on November 5, 1895, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and The Carnegie Institute was Andrew Carnegie’s largest philanthropic endeavor, up to that time.  The image contains billboards of the following companies and products; Cubanola sheet music, Hershey’s Cocoa, Keech’s Furniture, Pickerings Furniture, Red Raven Splits, and Tom Keene Cigars.  It is easy to forget that during the early part of the 20th century, there were no radio and television advertisements… newspapers, billboards, painted advertisements on buildings and direct mail were the only ways to advertise.

The Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh - 1907

The next image is a closeup of the Edward Bigelow statue and Electric Fountain.  In 1894, the electric fountain, a circular basin 120 feet in diameter, was constructed at the foot of Flag Staff Hill.  The elaborate arrangement of pipes permitted a variable display of jets of water while underwater lights with revolving, multicolored lenses created stunning nighttime performances.

Edward Bigelow statue and Electric Fountain - 1907

The new images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list. All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

New Historical Photographs of Pittsburgh added to the Brady Stewart Collection Website – Vol. 11


We added 27 new images to the Brady Stewart Collection Archive web site and created a new Gallery – New Images added in February 2012. The new images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list. All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

Buildings & Architecture:  We have digitized 14 Pittsburgh-area buildings for the collection.  Images include: Arlington & Coronado Apartment buildings in Shadyside – 1930s, Highland and East End Savings & Trust Buildings in East Liberty – 1920s,  Westinghouse Electric Supply Company (WESCO) building on the North Side – 1950s, Hardie Brothers and Pittsburgh Gage & Supply Company Buildings in the Strip District – 1940s, Gateway Center One in Pittsburgh – 1950s, Stephen Foster Memorial Chapel and the University of Pittsburgh Nurses Home in Oakland – 1950 & 60s, and the St John the Baptist Church in Lawrenceville – 1950s.

East End Savings and Trust Company and Highland Buildings in East Liberty - 1921

The Arlington Apartments on S Aiken Avenue and Centre Avenue in Shadyside - 1930s

Pittsburgh-Area Sports:  We added two images of the Pittsburgh Pirates at the 1964 charity baseball game against the Cleveland Indians (HYPO Game) and three images of the Cincinnati Reds arriving at the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport for a game against the Pirates during the 1960 season.  One of the Pirate images include “The Deacon” Vernon Law, and Bill Mazeroski posing for a photo before the annual HYPO Charity baseball game.  Additional background on the images; Forbes Field was a baseball park in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, from 1909 to 1971. It was the third home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the first home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the city’s National Football League franchise. The stadium also served as the home football field for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers from 1909 to 1924. The stadium was named after British general John Forbes who fought in the French and Indian War, and named the city in 1758.
My favorite image is of Bob Purkey Sr. of the Cincinnati Reds arriving at the airport for a game with the Pittsburgh Pirates – 1960.  The on location photographic assignment was for United Airlines. The 1960 Cincinnati Reds finished in sixth place in the National League standings, 28 games behind the National League and World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates!  The highlight for me in this set of images was of the one of Bob Purkey Sr.  I had the opportunity to know Bob Sr while playing high school baseball with his son, Bob Purkey Jr.  For many years, Bob Purkey Sr had a successful insurance business in Bethel Park Pa.

Pittsburgh Pirate Vernon Law and Bill Mazeroski talking with Big Jim Daniell - 1964

Pittsburgh Business Images:  We added 6 business-oriented images that include; two PR photographs of the owner of Samuel B Casey Company in Aspinwall Pennsylvania – 1962.  Tee Samuel B Casey Company was a contractor on large commercial projects throughout the region including sections of the parkway; an addition to the former Kaufmann’s Downtown store; a swimming pool at Kennywood Park; and plant expansions for U.S. Steel and National Steel.  The company purchased Swindell Dressler, another local engineering company, in 1959.   Two images of a Saleswoman buying a new car from Don Allen Chevrolet – 1958.  A Relax-A-Cizor salewoman sitting on a new Chevy from Don Allen.  Relax-A-Cizor was a medical device similar to the abacizor and many other countless exercise devices on the market that claim to let you exercise while relaxing without effort. This is one of the early versions from the 1950’s. It is much better and more versatile than the ones made now. These devices don’t work for exercise purposes and many are unsafe.  Two views of a secretary typing a letter – 1967.  Cathy Stewart working in the offices of the National Union Insurance Company.  Cathy left Pittsburgh for New York City in 1969.  Over the next twenty years, she established herself as one of the top advertising executives in New York City.  Working for American Home Products, a few advertising agencies before becoming the highest ranking woman at Shearson Lehman, American Express (VP of Marketing).

Cathleen Brady Stewart working at the National Union Insurance Company in Pittsburgh - 1967

The new images can be viewed at http://bradystewartphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-list. All images in the blog are copyrighted by Brady Stewart Studio Inc.  If you are interested in downloading an image or to purchase a print, please contact Brady Stewart Studio by phone (724.554.9813) or email bstewartphoto@aol.com.

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