Public Notices (week of July 31 — August 7)

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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)

2013-07-26 forbes

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)

2013-07-20 spacific

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

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No. 350 — 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 trestle. Nanci found many others along the trail, but (because I got caught in the rain during my expedition this week) I am still tracking all of them down.

Vicky S. found No. 351, No. 401, No. 402 and No. 403 stuck here and there on the long walkway coursing along the trail west of the boat house. While walking it, I also found No. 399, No. 400 and what looks like No. 409. Geographically, it should be No. 404, and there was already a No. 409 in Friendship Park. So perhaps the “9” is a “4.”

Here is the updated Master List. Here is the Map.

Here are the protractors. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of July 10 — July 17)

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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)

2013-07-04 gateway

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)

2013-06-27 wood

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)

2013-06-21 broadway

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

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No. 307 — Mossfield Avenue

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 protractor.

Here is the Map. Here is the Master List. Here are the protractors: Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of June 12 — June 19)

2013-06-13 45th

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

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No. 409 — Friendship Avenue

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 now here are No. 409, No. 410 and No. 411, along a stretch of Friendship Avenue. If you’ve sent me a sighting in the last year, I intend to get around to posting it in the near future. Thanks for your patience.

Also, I think it’s time to turn this into a map again. So here is the new digitized Protractor Map. As you can see, it only contains three listings. I plan to slowly add all the previous information, as time permits. Until then: The Master List.

And these: Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of June 5 — June 12)

2013-06-02 oakland

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)

2013-05-29 bonvue

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)

2013-05-22 liberty

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)

2013-05-18 mon

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. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of May 8 — May 15)

2013-05-08 greenfield

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)

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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)

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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. Continue reading

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

The J & J.B. Milholland Co. building as seen in a 1900 map from the G. M. Hopkins Co.

The J & J.B. Milholland Co. lot as seen in a 1900 map from the G. M. Hopkins 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 1834, respectively. Their father was a prominent building contractor, and both brothers trained as machinists. After working separately for some years, they teamed up around 1861 to found an engine-building outfit called J. & J. B. Milholland Co. at 714 Fifth Avenue, which was at the Downtown end of Fifth Avenue, practically at the corner of Boyd and Diamond. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of April 17 – April 24)

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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.

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from The Jewish Criterion, 1936

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 the synagogue had ties to the trade, according to research from Rodef Shalom archivist Martha Berg. Herman Obernauer was also a member of Rodef Shalom. Born in the Kingdom of Württemberg, in southern Germany, in January 1856, Obernauer spent his late teens and early twenties traveling throughout Europe as a salesman. He came to the U.S. in 1880 and settled in Pittsburgh, where he worked as a bookkeeper before opening a wholesale liquor operation on Fifth Avenue. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of April 10 – April 17)

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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)

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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 of the Fifth Avenue wholesaling district at the Rauh Jewish Archives on Sunday, April 21.

Samuel Shenkan, in a 1947 photograph from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Samuel Shenkan, in a 1947 photograph from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Even when immigrants arrived on American shores highly-trained in specific skills, some turned to retailing because it was a way to make a living with a low-cost of entry.

Abraham Shenkan was trained as a diamond cutter in his native Amsterdam. “The Jews of Holland had been allowed to practice their religion freely since 1602,” Jacob Feldman wrote in The Jewish Experience in Western Pennsylvania: A History, 1755-1945, “but emigrated during the mid-nineteenth century because they had been living in dire poverty, 53 percent of those in Amsterdam receiving doles from wealthier members of the synagogue in 1849.” At least ten families of Dutch Jews relocated to Pittsburgh between 1861 and 1865, many by way of New York or Philadelphia, according to Feldman. A good portion became pawnbrokers, he writes. After arriving on these shores in 1862, at the age of 25, Shenken continued practicing his trade in Pittsburgh, but he soon found clothing to be a more lucrative business than diamond cutting in a town such as this one. By the early-1870s, the city directories have him running a clothing store downtown. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of March 27 — April 03)

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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 of the Fifth Avenue wholesaling district at the Rauh Jewish Archives on Sunday, April 21.

Jacob Shpira

Jacob Shapira, in a photograph from his obituary in the Jewish Criterion.

The earliest wholesalers on Fifth Avenue started out as peddlers carrying their wares from customer to customer. Once they earned enough to secure suitable storage space, they could expand their operations by purchasing large “job lots” from manufacturers.

One of the most prominent of these “jobbers” was Jacob Shapira. 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 of the Fifth Avenue wholesaling district at the Rauh Jewish Archives on Sunday, April 21.

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An advertisement from the April 5, 1946 issue of the Jewish Criterion.

The Lower Hill District and Uptown were full of kosher butchers for much of the 20th Century, and the Dean of Kosher Butchers, at least according to his daughter, was Albert Cazen, who ran a meat market at 1227 Fifth Avenue from around 1926 until 1955.

Cazen was born in what is now Lithuania, around 1885, and came to Pittsburgh around 1902. Like many young men of his day, he immigrated to the United States to escape forced conscription into the Russian army. His father had been drafted as an “inordinately handsome and inordinately tall” boy of 15 and sent home to marry and start a family 25 years later, as a middle-aged man. Albert Cazen was the youngest of three children, and the only boy, and once he reached military age, his family saw fit to help him leave the country. They were poor. His oldest sister sacrificed her dowry to fund his journey. As Cazen and another young man headed east, Russian guards fired upon them near the German border. Cazen escaped, but his traveling companion was killed. Cazen made it to Hamburg, where he got a boat to the United States, and met up with family in Pittsburgh, including a cousin who taught him how to be a shochet, a kosher butcher.

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Public Notices (week of March 20 — March 27)

2013-03-23 highlandpark

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 odder and more voluminous in the weeks to come.

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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 of the Fifth Avenue wholesaling district at the Rauh Jewish Archives on Sunday, April 21.

824 Fifth Avenue (fourth from the left) as seen in a May 20, 1911 photograph from the Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection.

824 Fifth Avenue (fourth from the left) as seen in a May 20, 1911 photograph from the Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection.

After Oscar Simon died suddenly at the Schenley Hotel on a Sunday evening in May 1923, his obituary in the Jewish Criterion listed only the most basic details about his life: He had been born in Poland around 1875, had immigrated to the United States as a boy and had died at 48. His funeral service was held on Beacon Street, at the home of his sister-in-law in Squirrel Hill. The obituary mentioned no surviving spouse or children. 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 talk on the history of the Fifth Avenue wholesaling district at the Rauh Jewish Archives on Sunday, April 21.

The S. Caplan store at 819 Fifth (second from the left) as seen in a May 20, 1911 photograph from the Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

The S. Caplan store at 819 Fifth (second from the left) as seen in a May 20, 1911 photograph from the Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

Before automobiles became ubiquitous, salesman from Pittsburgh traveled to the surrounding towns by train. A retired engineer named Walter Schwartz said that his father, who came to Pittsburgh from Russia, by way of Antwerp, around 1915, once reminisced about riding the train into Somerset, as a young salesman for a Fifth Avenue wholesaling house. Having deliveries to make all over town, and no local transportation, he simply left all his packages piled on the train platform. “He said, ‘I’d go deliver stuff, and I’d come back, and I’d pick up something else. And nobody ever bothered anything.’”

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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 talk on the history of the Fifth Avenue wholesaling district at the Rauh Jewish Archives on Sunday, April 21.

Photo by The Associated Press

Photo by The Associated Press

Jacob Fienberg was born on Miller Street in 1894, the youngest of seven children born to Russian immigrants. His father hand-rolled stogies, one of the most common professions among Jews in the Hill District at the time. He sold them four for a nickel. The big family was too poor to afford meat. “We ate nothing but coffee and bread,” Fienberg later said.

After his father died, around 1910, Fienberg supported his mother by taking a job as a salesman for the Princess Mfg. Co., a ladies clothing store on Fifth Avenue. His starting salary was $6 a week. “They were paying the help nine dollars,” he later quipped. He would leave early Monday morning to travel around the region making sales calls to small-town retailers, and get home Friday night. Saturday nights were for socializing. “Courtships I had plenty,” he said. He and his buddies would take their dates to the North Side to hang out with the legendary high-roller Milton Jaffe. On Sunday nights, Fienberg would pack his gripper with clothing samples to be ready for the next week of sales. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of March 13 — March 20)

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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)

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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. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of February 27 – March 6)

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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)

2013-02-19 forbes

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. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of February 13 – February 20)

2013-02-15 forbes

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. Continue reading

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Public Notices (week of February 6 – February 13)

2013-02-08 cedarville

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)

2013-02-06 publicnotices

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)

2013-01-30 publicnoticesThis 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

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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. But while “Assemble Daily News” focused on just a few neighborhoods in the East End, the coverage area for “Public Notices” will include the entirety of Pittsburgh.

To encourage everyone to pick up numerous print copies of City Paper, I’m going to wait to post the comics on this site until they’ve been in print for a few days. In the interim, I may post outtakes and other observations collected during my reporting ventures.

If you’re discovering The Ongoing History of Pittsburgh through the comic and trying to figure out what exactly is going on here, I suggest starting with this introduction.

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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 World War II.

“My husband and I are both Jews,” a Viennese dressmaker named Gertrude Perles confessed in an October 23, 1938, letter to Pittsburgh. “I am sure you know what is going on here and I need not give you a more precise explanation. It is growing worse every day. Our only hope is to emigrate to the U.S.A. Please, if you are able to send affidavits for me and my husband, for Heaven’s sake, do it, before it will be too late for us.”

Read the rest here.

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The Assemble Daily News Book

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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 Assemble Daily News? It is this.

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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 to be and what happened to them after the original owners left.

After learning about Pittsburgh House Histories through its popular Facebook page, I asked Peterson if I could make a graphic representation of her research. Today, the Post-Gazette generously gave us a full page for the results. The image above is just a taste.

The house is 238 S. Negley. It’s a Colonial Revival house on the edge of Friendship. The house tells the entire history of the neighborhood, in a way. Friendship is the smallest neighborhood in the city, but it has been constantly divided and subdivided, first from estates into lots and later from houses into apartments. A retired tanner built the house on a subdivided lot in the Roup Estate in 1907. It belonged next to a former U.S. Attorney from the Wilson Administration before being split into apartments. In the late 1990s, a series of community groups bought the property. Today, it is again a single family home.

UPDATE: I thought I’d include the source material for the drawings. See below. 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

Iowa Street

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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 the end of October. With the project funded, pledging now is simply a way to pre-order the book.

The Ongoing History of Pittsburgh will return to its normal programming next week.

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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 the helter-skleter Presidential election, why, it seems like months.

I’m dredging its memory to the forefront of your mind to make an appeal. 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 out for the printed version, to come soon.

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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 sentence and mentally inquired “Gigantic map?” is encouraged to see the newspaper before it closes Friday. It involves a gigantic map.

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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 can get a sense of it from this Gigapan image.

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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 Daily News.

Assemble Daily News aims to be a legitimate news operation, meaning it will report on actual events in an accurate and timely manner. But it won’t be a conventional news operation. Instead of covering organizations, zoning or crime, it will report on moments, specifically the enlightening, interesting and revealing moments celebrated on this site.

Because these tiny moments are sometimes too fragile for words alone, Assemble Daily News will use drawings, notes and a gigantic map to piece together a picture of daily life.

But the drawings featured here over the past month are just a taste of what will be on display at Assemble. Unlike other newspapers, Assemble Daily News can’t be delivered to doorsteps. It’s too big. Readers must visit in person to experience the full effect.

They can do just that starting next Friday, September 7, as part of the monthly Unblurred First Friday gallery crawl. It is free and open to the public. And there will be activities.

I hope to see you there.

— Eric

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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

No. 367: 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 Tools: 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)

No. 21 — Neville St./Sassafras St.

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 to a slate of new protractors glued around town.

So I thought I’d help the cause by updating the Master List. This list includes only protractors I’ve personally verified and photographed, but anyone interested can page through the comments on previous posts to learn about sightings as high as No. 361.

I’ll get around to documenting those as soon as I am able, but in the meantime please feel free to continue submitting sightings. I also have some new ghosts to post soon.

And now: the Goods: Continue reading

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Coal Windows: XVI-XXV

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