Monday, February 05, 2007

Downtown Pittsburgh ... 1905

Here is an old view of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, featuring the Farmer's Bank Building. You can see the trolley cars and the bustle on the street below. There is a large sign painted on the side of a building advertising Eisner and Phillips Outfitters where you could order a suit for just $15.00 cash money.

This is an old, real photo post card, as we collectors call them. It was mailed from Pittsburgh on September 21, 1905 and sent to Miss Leak Blankley of Philadelphia. The post office didn't allow anything but the address on the reverse of any post card sent during this era... so folks usually penned a short note on the front, as did Harry on this occasion. I can't find any human name of "Leak" so this card may have been sent to Leah Blankley.

I'm always amazed that a fragile little piece of paper, with it's little message, survived so many years. And I wonder how many more it will endure. I will have it a little while and then it will continue its journey, I hope.

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