What might be described as the great collections built up by Pittsburghers — those of, say, Henry Clay Frick, Gertrude and Leo Stein, Duncan Phillips, Andrew and Paul Mellon respectively, and Walter Arensberg — are perhaps best understood as being financed by Pittsburgh. The actual collections were built up elsewhere.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Thomspon’s collection could have captured $350 million today
The mother of all Washingtons occupies the federal District of Columbia, yet smaller ones abound. The Father of His Country sired no children but, by way of surrogate progeny, he begat towns bearing his surname in no fewer than 27 states.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Home of the rebels
Andrew Carnegie was America’s first great industrialist, the nation’s quintessential philanthropist, and, closer to home, Pittsburgh’s favorite son. He was also, however, a man of startling ethical and moral contrasts, and those paradoxes threaten his reputation.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading He took some and gave more
Pittsburgh and steel are virtually synonymous. Less well known is Pittsburgh’s rich heritage in the oil business. In 1854, inventor and businessman Samuel L. Kier built the nation’s first oil refinery as a crude, five-​barrel still 100 feet from today’s U.S. Steel Building.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Profile of a wildcatter
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