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Molded Tooth Staggered Gear and Worker, 1913

by PQ Staff
The Mesta Machine Company churned and smoked on more than 20 acres of land along the Monongahela River.

Oakmont Camping, circa 1910

by PQ Staff
For Pittsburghers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Oakmont offered the next best thing to paradise.

Mount Oliver Incline, Circa 1895

by PQ Staff
When the mount oliver inclined railway was built in 1872, it was Allegheny County’s second incline, and an average one-​way ride cost six cents.

Wabash Park ice skating, 1917

by PQ Staff
On the wintry afternoon of Jan. 20, 1917, pittsburghers of all ages enjoyed ice skating at Wabash Park in Pittsburgh’s West End. Regularly a grassy swath, it was apparently flooded and frozen for the season. The park is still there, as are a number of the park-​facing homes along Wabash…

Home Library Group

by PQ Staff
Coke oven smokestacks loom as members of a boys’ reading club pose in an what is likely a factory slum along the Monongahela where workers lived to be near their jobs at the Jones & Laughlin Steel Mill in Hazelwood.

Heinz, 1903

by PQ Staff
The H.J. Heinz company was founded in 1888, and by the turn of the century had a vast processing plant on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
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