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Public Notices (week of July 31 — August 7)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a job site in the Strip 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 July 24 — July 31)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a concert in Hazelwood 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 July 17 — July 24)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a meal in Squirrel Hill 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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The Protractor Map: Millvale Trail

I’ve been slowly chasing down submissions from the past year. This week I went to the Millvale Trail, which previously hosted No. 301, and now hosts many more protractors. David Bennett and Nanci (separately) found No. 352 on a railroad … Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of July 10 — July 17)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a relaxing scene from Friendship 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 July 3 — July 10)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a treat from the North Shore 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 June 26 — July 3)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a relaxing scene 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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Public Notices (week of June 19 — June 26)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a bit of gymnastics 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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The Protractor Map: A Seventh Smattering, A Clear One

These are a selection of older protractors collected over the past year. I cannot promise all of these are still glued to the city, although some are fairly recent. Among this crop is an oddity: No. 325, the first clear … Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of June 12 — June 19)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a lot of hot-air in Beechview 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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The Protractor Map: The Map

The Protractor Map now includes all the protractors on the Master List. Because of the deficiencies in the Google Map system, it is unfortunately spread over two pages.

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Discarded Televisions: I

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The Protractor Map: 400s

It must be summer in Pittsburgh because there are new protractors on the streets. After a long hiatus, I’ve decided to start maintaining this list again. I have a backlog of sightings to post in the coming weeks, but for … Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of June 5 — June 12)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week (or, sort of last week). The newest installment is a meme in Lawrenceville 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 May 29 — June 5)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a tender moment in Oakland 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 May 22 — May 29)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is an athletic feat from Observatory Hill in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of May 15 — May 22)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is nebbiness from Bloomfield in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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Public Notices (week of May 8 — May 15)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a fishing expedition 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 May 1 — May 8)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is an urban idyll from Greenfield 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 April 24 — May 1)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a clash of cultures Downtown in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices geographically, check out the map. UPDATE (May 13, 2013): I added one after the jump.

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714 Fifth (1861-1937): J. & J. B. Milholland Co.

The businessmen who once operated along Fifth Avenue were primarily merchants and primarily Jewish, but not entirely either, as the J. & J. B. Milholland Co. proves. James and John B. Milholland were born in old Allegheny in 1836 and … Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of April 17 – April 24)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is an athletic feat from the South Side Slopes in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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1400 Fifth (1892-1915): Herman Obernauer & Co.

Before Prohibition, the liquor trade was a popular occupation among German Jewish immigrants in Pittsburgh. The president and first vice president of the national Wholesale Liquor Dealers’ Association were both members of Rodef Shalom Congregation, and several early families of … Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of April 10 – April 17)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a tranquil moment from East Liberty 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 April 03 – April 10)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a surprising view from Mt. Washington in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices geographically, check out the map.

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“Old” 215 Fifth (1883-1892): Abraham Shenkan

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of March 27 — April 03)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. The newest installment is a sneaky scene from the North Side in the issue of City Paper on racks today. To see all the Public Notices in geographic terms, check out the map.

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1000 Fifth (1893-1901): J. Shapira, the Pittsburg Cheap Store

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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1227 Fifth (1926-1955): Albert Cazen of Cazen’s Meat Market

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of March 20 — March 27)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. There is just one this time, but the newest installment is in the issue of City Paper on racks today. With spring here, and Pittsburghers once again venturing into Pittsburgh, I expect the public noticing to become … Continue reading

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824 Fifth (1905-1922): Oscar Simon of Oscar Simon pants

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a talk on the history … Continue reading

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819 Fifth (1910-1958): Sol Caplan of The S. C. Leather Co.

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a … Continue reading

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1037 Fifth (1931-1971): Jacob Fienberg of Fienberg and Siff

The following is part of the Fifth Avenue Project, an ongoing effort to document the world of wholesaling merchants who operated along Fifth Avenue in Uptown Pittsburgh from 1880 to 1980. This article explains the project. I’ll be giving a … Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of March 13 — March 20)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. I’ve included some alternate cartoons from last week after the jump. The newest cartoon is in the issue of City Paper on racks today.

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The Public Notices Map

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Public Notices (week of March 6 — March 13)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. I’ve included some alternate cartoons from last week after the jump. The newest cartoon is in the issue of City Paper on racks today.

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Public Notices (week of February 27 – March 6)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. There is just the one this week, but the newest cartoon is in the issue of City Paper on racks today and I will have some extras here on the site next Wednesday.

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Public Notices (week of February 20 – February 27)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. I’ve included some alternate cartoons from last week after the jump. The newest cartoon is in the issue of City Paper on racks today.

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Public Notices (week of February 13 – February 20)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. I’ve included some alternate cartoons from last week after the jump. The newest cartoon is in the issue of City Paper on racks today.

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Public Notices (week of February 6 – February 13)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. I’ve included some alternate cartoons from last week after the jump. The newest cartoon is in the issue of City Paper on racks today.

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Public Notices (week of January 30 – February 6)

The Public Notices cartoon for last week. I’ve included some alternate cartoons from last week after the jump. The newest cartoon is in the issue of City Paper on racks today.

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Public Notices (week of January 23 – January 30)

This is the Public Notices comic from last week, again. The current installment is in the issue of City Paper on news stands today. I’ll post it here next Wednesday. I will also post two alternate Public Notices from the past week.

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Introducing: Public Notices

Starting today, the Pittsburgh City Paper is publishing a weekly comic called “Public Notices.” I’m the goofball responsible for it. The format will be familiar to fans of “Assemble Daily News.” It’s a single panel comic illustrating interesting moments from real life. … Continue reading

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“It is growing worse every day.”

The following is an excerpt from an article I recently wrote for the Heinz History Center Library & Archives blog. It’s about a noteworthy trans-Atlantic correspondence between a Pittsburgh couple and a Vienna couple in the months leading up to … Continue reading

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The Assemble Daily News Book

The Assemble Daily News book — collecting all 153 illustrations produced during the September exhibit — is now on sale for $15 at Assemble, Awesome Books (Garfield and Downtown), Copacetic Comics, the East End Book Exchange and online. What is … Continue reading

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Giftwrapped Doors

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Broken Meters: II

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Friendship Avenue (November 20, 2:48 p.m.)

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Cullen Street (November 20, 2:43 p.m.)

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238 S. Negley, A Pittsburgh House History

Do you know about Pittsburgh House Histories? For the past quarter of a century, a local historian named Carol Peterson has been researching and documenting the stories behind interesting buildings across southwestern Pennsylvania. Her work reveals how these buildings came … Continue reading

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Friendship School (November 13, 3:53 p.m.)

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Broken Meters

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The Cathedral Map: LI-LX

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MD: I

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The Assemble Daily News book (Update)

Wow! The Kickstarter for the Assemble Daily News book reached its goal after just four days. Thank you to everyone who pledged. The book will be available in December. Because of the way Kickstarter works, the campaign will continue through … Continue reading

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The Assemble Daily News Book

Do you remember Assemble Daily News? It’s been only two short weeks since my intrepid little newspaper published its final article, but amid the hustle of daily life, the cool breezes of autumn, the end of regular season baseball and … Continue reading

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Fire Hydrants: XII-XXI (City of Champions)

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CHU: I

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Coal Windows: XXVI-XXXV

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Flowers: Hydrangeas

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Cement Signatures: II

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Abandoned Shoes: XLV-LIV

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Assemble Daily News (closing)

This is all the tape required to hold more than two hundred drawings on the wall of Assemble. Thank you to everyone who came out to read the newspaper in person. Those who couldn’t make it should keep in eye … Continue reading

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Copeland Street (September 20, 1:26 p.m.)

Assemble Daily News will be up through Friday, and growing daily. The local “do tank” cityLAB visited last week. So did Brian Taylor, the cartographer/photographer responsible for the gigantic map that anchors the newspaper to reality. Anyone who read the previous … Continue reading

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West Penn Hospital (September 19, 11:50 a.m.)

Assemble Daily News will have a free open house tonight, starting at 7 p.m.

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Penn Circle North (September 18, 12:30 p.m.)

Assemble Daily News will have a free open house this Thursday evening, starting at 7 p.m. Those on the fence about attending are directed to this write up in the Post-Gazette.

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Centre Avenue (September 16, 10:35 a.m.)

I took today off in honor of Rosh Hashana, but I’ll be back on the beat first thing in the morning. Assemble Daily News will have an open house this Thursday evening, at 7 p.m. Those curious about the exhibit … Continue reading

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Carnegie Lake (September 15, 12:25 p.m.)

Assemble Daily News will have an open house on Thursday, September 20, at Assemble.

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43rd Street (September 14, 1:26 p.m.)

Assemble Daily News will have an open house on Thursday, September 20, at Assemble.

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Penn Avenue (September 13, 9:54 a.m.)

Assemble Daily News will have an open house on Thursday, September 20, at Assemble.

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Essex Way (September 12, 10:52 a.m.)

Assemble Daily News will have an open house on Thursday, September 20, at Assemble.

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Penn Avenue (September 11, 3:31 p.m.)

All this and more at Assemble, though the end of the month.

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Reading (September 10, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.)

All the news today is of people reading books or holding books.

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Natrona Way (September 9, 1:09 p.m.)

All this and more at Assemble, though the end of the month.

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Friendship Avenue (September 8, 1:55 p.m.)

All this and more at Assemble, though the end of the month.

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Assemble Daily News

The Assemble Daily News begins publishing tonight (at Assemble, of course).

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Euclid Avenue (September 5, 8:50 a.m.)

A preview from the news of the day. For the rest, visit Assemble starting September 7.

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Liberty Avenue (September 4, 11:15 a.m.)

A preview from the news of the day. For the rest, visit Assemble starting September 7.

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Mellon Street (September 3, 11:42 a.m.)

A preview from the news of the day. For the rest, visit Assemble starting September 7.

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Liberty Avenue (September 2, 2:38 p.m.)

A preview from the news of the day. For the rest, visit Assemble starting September 7.

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44th Street (September 1, 10:22 a.m.)

A preview from the news of the day. For the rest, visit Assemble starting September 7.

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Announcing… Assemble Daily News

So these drawings? They’re actually news articles. For the month of September, The Ongoing History of Pittsburgh will be running a daily newspaper out of Assemble, a community space in the Penn Avenue Arts District. It is called, fittingly, Assemble … Continue reading

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Liberty Avenue (August 28, 3:25 p.m.)

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Friendship Park (August 28, 7:02 p.m.)

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Liberty Avenue (August 28, 3:20 p.m.)

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Shur-Save (August 28, 3:17 p.m.)

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Penn Avenue (August 28, 3:10 p.m.)

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Friendship Park (August 24, 1:51 p.m.)

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Friendship Park (August 22, 6:37 p.m.)

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Pearl Street (August 22, 6:31 p.m.)

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S. Mathilda Street (August 22, 6:25 p.m.)

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The Protractor Map: Gold Way

The new stash includes No. 367 to No. 373, a nice, clean run along Gold Way from North Oakland into Polish Hill. Trivia: No. 373 is a memorial pasted onto the ghost of No. 242. The Master List. And the Geometric … Continue reading

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Liberty Avenue (August 22, 6:28 p.m.)

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Penn Avenue (August 21, 10:55 a.m.)

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Penn Avenue (August 21, 10:54 a.m.)

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N. Atlantic (July 11, 12:59 p.m.)

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Butler Street (August 5, 3:37 p.m.)

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Bloomfield Rec Center (July 10, 7:28 p.m.)

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The Protractor Map: Year Two(ish)

Improbably, the protractors continue to tickle the public imagination. Viewings to these posts increased sharply this week after months of limited activity. I attribute this primarily to Assignment Pittsburgh including the protractors on their weekly photo scavenger hunt, but also … Continue reading

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Coal Windows: XVI-XXV

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