Two Movie Theaters in 1912

From Motion Picture World, 1912.

Father Pitt does not know the exact location of either of these establishments. The fact that the Casino was remarkable for having been in the same place for eight years shows how temporary these early theaters often were. Pittsburgh, of course, invented the movie theater, and by 1912 no neighborhood was complete without one. The larger ones, like the Casino below, also booked vaudeville acts.

From Motion Picture World, 1912.

Allegheny Station

Another view of the Allegheny station, this time from the Carnegie Science Center. A rush-hour two-car train is waiting on the platform.

The subway is free all the way from here under the Allegheny and through to First Avenue on the other side of downtown Pittsburgh. The extension of the free zone to the North Side is sponsored by the Stadium Authority and the Rivers Casino, so old Pa Pitt cannot in good conscience say that gambling never did anything for him. He still has never set foot in the casino, but he is grateful for the free ride.

Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z1485 IS.

George Washington Memorial, Allegheny Commons

Sculptor Edward Ludwig Albert Pausch designed this equestrian statue, which was unveiled to great fanfare in 1891. It depicts young Colonel Washington, aged 23, as he appeared when he visited the future site of Pittsburgh and nearly drowned himself in the Allegheny. This is apparently known as Pausch’s masterpiece.

If you enlarge the photo above, you will notice that, at the upper right, the name of the Smith Granite Company comes before the sculptor’s name in the signature.

The monument was commissioned by the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics.

H. J. Heinz Factory

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

This photograph from Frank Curto Park, across the Allegheny, reminded Father Pitt of the old sepia gravure factory prints of a hundred years ago. So why not offer it in sepia tones? Much of the old Heinz complex is now loft apartments, but the buildings are remarkably intact, and on the National Register of Historic Places.