Imagination Plus Great Generosity

The following is the second in an occasional series of posts drawn from Generation to Generation, a website I helped compile for the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. The website profiles more than 150 Jewish families in Western Pennsylvania.

Baruch May was the son of a Bavarian farmer and cattle dealer. His first job was bringing lunch and beer to the field hands, who worked several miles from town. His second job was working in the fields. His third job was peddling trinkets through Quebec and Ontario, where he immigrated in 1858, at fifteen, to join his sister and brother-in-law, who had opened a jewelry store in Montreal. On the road, he learned English and started going by “Barney.” His fourth job was prospecting for gold in British Columbia with his older brother. (This was before the transcontinental railroad. May travelled from Quebec to British Columbia through the Panama Canal.) The brothers established a camp they called Mayville. “Being wise in their generation, the Mays attempted no actual mining operations themselves, but preferred to develop the claims, to which they held title, on a share basis with practical miners,” George M. P. Baird wrote in The Story of Barney May, Pioneer in 1917. They stayed in British Columbia for four years, until an outbreak of “mountain fever” forced them to seek medical care in San Francisco. Barney May’s fifth job was in New York City, where two of his sisters had opened a millinery shop. (This time, to get back across the continent, May sailed to Nicaragua and crossed the isthmus on foot.) The New York hat market proved to be a little too crowded, and so the siblings started over in Williamsport, a growing logging town along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, just northeast of the geographic center of Pennsylvania. Barney May was a travelling salesman for the Williamsport operation. This was his sixth job. He spent time in the western half of the state and took note of the booming oil economy. In 1872, Barney May married Pauline Fleischman, who came from one of the oldest Jewish families in Pittsburgh. They moved to Philadelphia, where the older brother had started a wholesaling business. This was Barney May’s seventh job. The business was destroyed in a fire in 1884.

Remembering wealthy western Pennsylvania, May moved to Pittsburgh. He started a dry goods business with his brother-in-law Solomon L. Fleischman under the name Fleischman & Company. This was his eighth job. The business closed during the Panic of 1893, amassing huge debts. Creditors trailed the former proprietors until Congress passed the Bankruptcy Act of 1898. Fleischman & Company filed in late 1899 and, for a short time, had the distinction of being the largest bankruptcy case in U.S. history. Their 210-page petition listed some 675 creditors. Fleischman told the court he had $300 in assets and $189,160 in liabilities. May said he had $150 in assets and $181,160 in liabilities. The court discharged the former partners in January 1900. But before that, in 1894, May started his last job. Using a series of personal loans, he opened a patent medicine counter in a rented corner of a storefront on Market Street. This became the May Drug Company. Continue reading

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Freda Lazier’s Big Break

The following is the first in an occasional series of posts drawn from Generation to Generation, a website I helped compile for the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. The website profiles more than 150 Jewish families in Western Pennsylvania.

from Freda Lazier Alexander Papers and Photographs, courtesy Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center.

Freda Lazier and a well-dressed band in Oakland (from Freda Lazier Alexander Photographs, courtesy Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center)

If newspapers notices are any indication, a good singer could scratch out a living in Pittsburgh during the most meager Depression years. The “Bright Spots After Dark” column in the Pittsburgh Press listed nearly two-dozen nightclubs where live bands played most nights. Among them was the Union Grill, just down from the courthouse. That’s where, in the mid-1930s, Freda Lazier sang with Jean Wald and her “all girl orchestra” every evening, at a quarter to eight. Anyone too young, too broke, too busy or too reclusive to catch her act in person could hear it live, over the radio, on WWSW. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of January 19 — January 26)

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The final Public Notices cartoon. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of January 12 — January 19)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The final installment is in the issue of City Paper on racks today.

To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of January 5 — January 12)

2014-01-09 carson

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows take out in Lawrenceville. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of December 29 — January 5)

2014-01-03 walnut The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a clean sweep on the South Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of December 22 — December 29)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a rainy connection in Shadyside. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. Public Notices will be ending its run in City Paper at the end of January.

To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of December 15 — December 22)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows smoke break in Bloomfield. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

NOTE: It turns out this is at Penn and 12th.

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Public Notices (week of December 8 — December 15)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a stubborn vowel in the Strip District. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of December 1 — December 8)

2014-12-06 carson

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a traffic jam in Squirrel Hill. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of November 24 — December 1)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows an sunny disposition on the South Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of November 17 — November 24)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows an urban mountain downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of November 10 — November 17)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows window dressing downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of November 3 — November 10)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a steady climb on the North Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of October 27 — November 3)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows limited coverage in Oakland. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of October 20 — October 27)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a work day in East Liberty. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of October 13 — October 20)

2014-10-18 carson

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a nice sight in Uptown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of October 6 — October 13)

2014-10-10 penn

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows the wild side of Carson Street. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of September 29 — October 6)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows private moment in the Strip District. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of September 22 — September 29)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a pair of champions in Squirrel Hill. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of September 15 — September 22)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a pair of champions on the North Shore. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of September 8 — September 15)

2014-09-12 fifthmorewood

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows an aromatic encounter in the Strip District. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of September 1 — September 8)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a higher calling in Shadyside. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of August 25 — September 1)

2014-08-30 carson

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment reveals the complexities of modern art, downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of August 18 — August 25)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a patriarchal figure on the South Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of August 11 — August 18)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a straight shooter in Bloomfield. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of August 4 — August 11)

2014-08-04 fifth

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a meditative moment on the North Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

 

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Public Notices (week of July 28 — August 4)

2014-08-02 penn

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a close shave in Oakland. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of July 21 — July 28)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is the last gasp of single life in the Strip District. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of July 14 — July 21)

2014-07-19 S17th

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is lazy day downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of July 7 — July 14)

2014-07-12 liberty

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is an alarm system in the South Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of June 30 — July 7)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a poser in Lawrenceville. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of June 23 — June 30)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a bit of finger-pointing downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of June 16 — June 23)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is an inside joke in the Strip District. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of June 9 — June 16)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a fair-thee-well downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of June 2 — June 9)

2014-05-31 mellonsquare

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a catty encounter in the South Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of May 26 — June 2)

2014-05-31 brighton

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows people taking shelter from a storm downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of May 19 — May 26)

2014-05-21 stmaria

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a long distance communication on the North Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of May 12 — May 19)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a disappointed child in Bloomfield. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of May 5 — May 12)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is an expression of faith in Lincoln Place. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of April 28 — May 5)

2014-05-02 carson

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a public demand in South Oakland. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of April 21 — April 28)

2014-04-21 Penn

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a moment of relief in the Southside. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of April 14 — April 21)

2014-04-20 west ohio

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a whole heap of patriotism in East Liberty. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of April 7 — April 14)

2014-04-09 wood

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a celebration of the season on the North Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of March 31 — April 7)

2013-03-31 friendship

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a conflict downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of March 24 — March 31)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a peek in Friendship. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of March 17 — March 24)

2014-03-21 Penn

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a peaceful Sunday in Lawrenceville. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Looking Out and Looking In (and In and In and In)

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“Homestead” (1982), from “Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies” by Vicky A. Clark (University of Pittsburgh Press).

As they emerged from the Fort Pitt Tunnels, the painter Robert Qualters asked his far more famous colleague Edward Hopper whether the view would be “good to paint.”

The tiny aperture of the tunnel had suddenly expanded to a panorama showing the curving arches of the bridge, the skyscrapers set back from Point State Park and the hills forming a horizon in every direction. It was near sunset. A dying burst of yellow light reflecting off the city produced an orange and red sky scattered with faint blue clouds.

It was the mid-1990s, and Qualters was decades into a career that would make him the most recognizable and admired artist of his generation in Pittsburgh. Certainly, he knew what made for a good composition. It was a leading question. He was proving a point.

It’s the same point Vicky A. Clark proves in Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies (University of Pittsburgh Press), the first book-length examination of the artist. The independent curator believes Qualters has been unfairly relegated to the status of “regional” artist because he painted scenes of life in western Pennsylvania during a time when the region was struggling hard to shed its reputation as a smoky industrial center. “These two factors — the enduring image of Pittsburgh as Steel City and Robert Qualters as local artist — combined to stereotype the artist and his work, leading many to overlook his bravura brushstroke and masterful handling of color as well as the content of his work, which went way beyond the idea of illustrating or recording the city and its history,” she writes in her introduction. “He is definitely a part of these ideas, but he also moved beyond them, even while painting the transformation of the city.”

To elevate Qualters, Clark often speaks to a national audience, but her goal is much bigger than rescuing Qualters from the irrelevance of “regionalism.” She wants to redeem the label. As in Popular Salon of the People, her earlier book about the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Clark argues that the relationship between an artist and a region is special, because it speaks to how people live their lives: close to home. Qualters tells her, “Whatever uniqueness I have is because I’m in Pittsburgh and not part of a movement.”

Clark also curated an accompanying retrospective of Qualters at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The exhibit documents what might be the deepest relationship between an artist and this region — certainly between a painter and the region. A recurring theme of Pittsburgh art has always been fascination — with the topography, with the cityscape, with the industry, with the people, with the history — but fascination is fickle, and many artists abandon Pittsburgh for other places or other styles when the city becomes too familiar or too evasive. The book and the exhibit illustrate what is gained and what is lost when a representational artist stays put in this region, but moves beyond fascination.

In reality, Hopper died in 1967, but in Edward Hopper was Driving, the print Qualters made in 1997 to document the fantasy, Hopper tells Qualters, “Anything will make for a good composition.” He was remembering all those diners and lobbies and offices he had painted in glamorous and vertical New York City. “The artist’s sympathy with the particular and his understanding of light and space will determine the choice of subjects.” Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of March 10 — March 17)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a mysterious message downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of March 3 — March 10)

2014-03-08 firstandwood

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a hug in the Southside. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of February 24 — March 3)

2014-03-01 murray

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows things looking up Downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of February 17 — February 24)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a balancing act in Squirrel Hill. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of February 10 — February 17)

2014-02-15 eastohio

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is an over/under decision in Regent Square. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of February 3 — February 10)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a heavy load on the North Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of January 27 — February 3)

2014-01-30 grant

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is an injustice in Brookline. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of January 20 — January 27)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a meal on the go Downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of January 13 — January 20)

2014-01-13 walnut

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a winter scene in Dormont. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. The comic turns one year old this week. To see more, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of January 6 — January 13)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a mouthful of cookies in Shadyside. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of December 30 — January 6)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is hard job on the North Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of December 23 — December 30)

2013-12-23 liberty

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

You may have noticed that the dates in the title are Mondays, rather than Wednesdays. While the cartoon appears on Wednesdays, my deadline is actually Monday morning. So I’ve decided to start measuring the week from Monday to Monday from here on out.

The newest installment is a mechanical issue at the nexus of three neighborhoods. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of December 18 — December 25)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week (sort of).

The newest installment is a small, dry creature in Bloomfield. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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La Hütte Royal (1812 Rialto Street)

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“In the steam-heated and electric-lighted homes of today there is no place for the old genii, either of fire or of darkness. The superstitions that once vapored from isolation as miasma exhales from stagnant pools finds no place since we have cobwebbed the land with trolley lines and turned night into day. So we laugh at the old fears, the dread old legends and the dear old mysteries.” An anonymous editorial writer penned those words for the October 31, 1912 edition of The Pittsburgh Press. He continued, “But are we sure that as the old mysteries disappear other deeper mysteries do not take their place?”

That was a Thursday evening. Earlier in the day, a fifty-something couple by the name of Henry and Anna Berner purchased a house on Troy Hill for $1,300. They were lifelong Northsiders, both the children of German immigrants who settled in Allegheny City long before Pittsburgh annexed it. Henry Berner tended bar in a saloon for many years. His 19-year-old son Lawrence was a dispatcher for the telephone company. It was a good job in a cutting-edge profession, the sort responsible for sweeping away those old genii.

The house was 1812 Rialto Street. It was a brand new, two-story box of blonde brick surrounded by older and taller wooden homes. Their house was simple, sturdy and modern. There were hundreds of houses identical to it going up throughout the city. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of December 11 — December 18)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is someone patiently waiting on the South Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of December 4 — December 11)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a shaggy dog story from the North Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of November 27 — December 4)

2013-11-30 murray

The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is an equine exchange downtown. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

And to see a rare bonus… Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of November 20 — November 27)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a lot of hats in Squirrel Hill. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of November 13 — November 20)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a great big tipple in Bloomfield. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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A Tale of First-Generation Grease

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JoAnn was second-generation grease. Her father, José, born and raised in Corpus Christi, was twenty in 1958, washing dishes in a hospital cafeteria in Pittsburgh, when a man came in and offered twenty dollars for the grease drum in the corner. “My dad said, ‘What are you doing with that?'” JoAnn told me. “The man said he sells the grease to companies who process animal feed, and my dad said, ‘I’m going to move back to Texas, and I’m going to make myself a millionaire doing this!” José’s wife, pregnant with JoAnn at the time, was game.

— from “Hot Grease,” by John Colapinto (The New Yorker, November 18, 2013)

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Public Notices (week of November 6 — November 13)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a resourceful duo in South Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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The Protractor Map: A New High, A New Location

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No. 454: Smithfield Street Bridge

I stumbled on No. 454, No. 455 and No. 456 while crossing the Smithfield Street Bridge the other day. The previous high number on the Master List was No. 418.

Trivia: Other bridges with protractors: the Charles Lieberth Bridge, the 16th Street Bridge, the 31st Street Bridge, the 40th Street Bridge, the Bloomfield Bridge, the 28th Street Bridge, the South Milvale Bridge, the Schenley Park Bridge, the (former) South Highland Bridge (RIP), the Graham Street Bridge and the Hot Metal Bridge.

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Public Notices (week of October 30 — November 6)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a searching situation on the North Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of October 23 — October 30)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a post-Halloween wonderment in Oakland. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of October 16 — October 23)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a pedestrian moment in Wilkinsburg. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of October 9 — October 16)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows the rigors of Downtown employment. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Smoking Break

2013-10-17 cigarettes15th Street Parking Lot (Strip District) — October 17, 2013 — 12:24 p.m.

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Public Notices (week of October 2 — October 9)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows a sweet ride in the South Side. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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The Last Note of the Evening

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After Sergey Shepkin finished playing three intricate and beautiful works for solo piano last night — by Bach, Beethoven and Schubert — he stood before his scuffed Steinway, bowed low to enthusiastic applause, bowed again (as is the custom) and left the stage.

The audience in the Kresge Theatre continued clapping, which brought Shepkin back to the stage. Again he bowed twice, just as formally as he had for the first round, and again he left the stage. The audience kept clapping though, so Shepkin returned for an encore.

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The Protractor Map: A High Run, from Susans

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No. 412 — Friendship Avenue

I’m working through a big backlog of old finds and new submissions, starting with this recent run, which, by complete coincidence, involves three women named Susan or Susie.

Susie B. found No. 412 on Friendship Avenue and No. 413 on S. Atlantic Avenue. I found No. 414 on the end of the S. Aiken bridge. Susan E. found No. 415 on a utility box on Myrtle Way in Shadyside. I found No. 416 outside the East Liberty branch of the Carnegie Library. Susan C. found No. 417 in Lawrenceville. I haven’t photographed it yet, but I’ll add it to this post once I do. I found No. 418 on (I believe) Butler Street. I’m having trouble remembering where I found it and the photograph is a bit blurry. Anyone?

UPDATE (October 25, 2013): I added No. 417.

UPDATE (October 25, 2013): Rachel K. has located No. 418 near 34th and Butler.

I should have more next week. Until then: the Master List and the Map.

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Public Notices (week of September 25 — October 2)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment shows domestic determination in East Liberty. It’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices, check out the map.

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Carrying Weights (A Story In Four Parts)

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These two men got off a bus at Penn and S. Atlantic at 4:01 p.m. on Saturday, each carrying a bag and a free weight. Over the next 90 seconds, they covered one block.  Continue reading

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A Hole In The Wall

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Daisy

2013-10-03 daisyGross Street — October 3, 2013 — 4:55 p.m.

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No Window (as of September 13, according to Jorts)

2013-10-03 nowindowPenn Circle West and Baum Blvd — October 3, 2013 — 12:50 p.m.

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Public Notices (week of September 18 — September 25)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is, of course, the Duck (sort of), and it’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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Look Beyond, Not Behind

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Blvd. of the Allies — September 29, 2013 — 1:02 p.m.

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An Orphaned Press-on Nail

2013-09-29 nailPoint State Park — September 29, 2013 — 12:49 p.m.

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Twins

2013-09-29 twinsPoint State Park — September 29, 2013 — 12:42 p.m.

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Standard

2013-09-28 standardS. Aiken near Ellsworth — September 28, 2013 — 12:16 p.m.

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Chair Spectrum

2013-09-23 chair spectrumLiberty Avenue — September 23, 2013 — 6:51 p.m.

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Mikel Leshoure Rookie Card

2013-09-23 mikelleshourePenn Avenue — September 23, 2013 — 3:39 p.m.

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Public Notices (week of September 11 — September 18)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a bit of synchronicity Downtown, and it’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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Stair Stepping

2013-09-21 Negley:CentreS. Negley, off Centre — September 21, 2013 — 10:47 a.m.

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Intervention, Prevention

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A nun in Velcro shoes tripped over this bump in the sidewalk on Penn Avenue in Garfield this morning, but regained her balance before taking a spill. To be proactive, she refastened her left shoe, much tighter than it had been, before continuing on her way.

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Public Notices (week of September 4 — September 11)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is an nasal outburst on the South Side, and it’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of August 28 — September 4)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is an avian outburst on the North Side, and it’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of August 21 — August 28)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a swashbuckler in Uptown, and it’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of August 14 — August 21)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a chip shot in Bloomfield, and it’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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Public Works

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An early morning rain filled the crevices of this grate on Friday.

In the mid-morning, a group of kindergarteners came up Friendship Avenue, by the park, and each child stopped to inspect the grate. The three women chaperoning the group hurried the children along, but after a few steps, one of the chaperones, who was wearing a felt Peter Pan cap, turned, instinctively, to find a straggler squatting in the crosswalk.

“Lydia!” the woman called. “You cannot stand in the middle of the street!”

The straggler was a small girl in a pink dress and matching shoes. With the order, she jogged across the street, but before she got more than one cement tile closer to the others she spied the rain-filled utility grate. The woman in the Peter Pan cap had already continued on her way. It took her a few steps to realize the girl was not by her side. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of August 7 — August 14)

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The Public Notices cartoon for last week.

The newest installment is a friendly meeting in North Oakland and it’s in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

UPDATE (July 2, 2015): The other day, it occurred to me that the building in the background was probably the “Keystone Box Co.” not the “Keystone Cox Co.”

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