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The New Smithfield Street Bridge

Posted in Bridges, History by Dr. Boli on April 20, 2014

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“Pennsylvania.—New Steel Bridge Recently Erected Over the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh.” From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, August 11, 1883. Note that the bridge is half today’s width; the upstream half was added later.

Memories of the Phipps Spring Flower Show

Posted in Phipps Conservatory by Dr. Boli on April 17, 2014

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Kneeling Venus in the Phipps Palm House

Posted in Phipps Conservatory, Sculpture by Dr. Boli on April 17, 2014

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You have to look hard to find her, but this statue, a gift from Henry Phipps to his conservatory, is still kneeling in the jungle to the left of the main entrance as you walk into the palm house.

Flood of 1883: Inundation of Herr’s Island

Posted in History by Dr. Boli on April 16, 2014

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From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, February 17, 1883. —This would be a rotten thing to happen to all those expensive townhouses today.

Flood on the Allegheny near Kittanning, 1883

Posted in History by Dr. Boli on April 16, 2014

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“Breaking of the Ice Gorge Near Kittanninng,” from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, February 17, 1883. —The engravings in Leslie’s are always lively and show considerable care for accuracy.

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