Pittsburgh Then and Now Market Street at Fifth Avenue, Downtown
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Rhea's Bakery was founded in 1925 and, with its green and white starburst logo, dominated this corner of the city for decades. In 1929, you could buy a loaf of coconut bread for 38 cents a loaf. By the mid 1970s, Rhea's operated a bakery on the North Side that employed 100 workers and supplied seven retail stores and 38 supermarkets. Rhea's is long gone, but this corner, one block from Market Square, remains a vibrant spot in the city.
(May 11, 1963, image courtesy Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection, University of Pittsburgh. Contemporary photograph by Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette.)
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