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Below are a few illustrations from Harper's Weekly in 1864. We photographed the illustrations at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, which has a wonderfully preserved Harper's collecion.
Below: Launch of LST 750.
While 25,000 people looked on, LST 750 was launched on Neville Island on Memorial Day, 1944.
Here are a few images from the nation's first armored car robbery, in 1927. We found them in our archive:
Paul Jawarski, leader of Pittsburgh's Flathead gang, packed two charges of black powder under Bethel Road, near Bethel Park. The exploding charges overturned a Brinks truck. Its doors popped open and Jawarski and his pals made off with more than $100,000 without firing a shot. Guards were too stunned to resist.
An escort vehicle plunged into one of the holes made by Jawarski's charges.
After a shootout with Cleveland police, Jawarski lay bleeding on the porch of a home in the city's Fleet Street neighborhood. He survived his wounds, only to die in Rockview Prison's electric chair.
This is how a few of the city's newspapers covered the Union Paper Box fire:
At the time, Pittsburgh was blessed with several papers -- the Leader ("The Paper That Does Things"), the Post, the Press, the Dispatch, the Sun and the Gazette-Times. These papers provided most of our source material (along with a book entitled "The Story of Old Allegheny," compiled by the writers program of the Works Projects Administration and published in 1941, and a publication called Quarterly of the National Fire Protection Association).
Here's a photograph of the Brown Building shortly after the fire that killed 13 people in October, 1915. We found this image in a publication called the Quarterly of the National Fire Protection Association, published in the months after the blaze. Most of the young women perished in a cloak closet on the top floor of the building.