Looking Back

Beechwood School Garden, 1916

by Jennifer McNulty
Over the past 10 years, school gardens have been cropping up across the Pittsburgh region. Spurred by chef-​activist Alice Waters’ 1995 Edible School Yard, the school garden movement has been praised for yielding both a harvest bounty and hearty educational benefits. In these outdoor classrooms, students learn about everything from…

South Park Cascades, Circa 1931

by Jennifer McNulty
South Park, a 2,013-acre Allegheny County Park in the South Hills has all the features one might expect: trails, picnic groves, ball fields, and even a golf course. In more recent years, modern updates have included a wave pool, ice skating rink, skate park, nature center and a dek hockey…

New Housing, 1951

by Jennifer McNulty
Photographer Clyde “Red” Hare moved to Pittsburgh in 1950 to work on the Pittsburgh Photographic Library, covering the city’s Renaissance I, with noted editor Roy Stryker. Hare had his own car and camera and Stryker offered to pay him $50 a week to photograph the city.

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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