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Founded on a triangle of land bounded by two mighty rivers, Pittsburgh has a long and storied chapter in American history. Currently the second-largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh grew from a fur-trading post into Steeltown, U.S.A. Its immense steel factories symbolized America’s new forefront in the Industrial Age, even as the smoke and soot from those factories left the city polluted and filthy. After decades of change, Pittsburgh today is considered one of the most livable cities in ...

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Overview

Founded on a triangle of land bounded by two mighty rivers, Pittsburgh has a long and storied chapter in American history. Currently the second-largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh grew from a fur-trading post into Steeltown, U.S.A. Its immense steel factories symbolized America’s new forefront in the Industrial Age, even as the smoke and soot from those factories left the city polluted and filthy. After decades of change, Pittsburgh today is considered one of the most livable cities in America. Historic Photos of Pittsburgh examines the growth and change of this important American city. Nearly 200 photographs spanning two centuries have been collected and captioned with compelling text. Rich in historic detail, filled with images of the past, this book captures the power and might of a great industrial city and is a must-have for both historians and the general reader.

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Pittsburgh City Paper
Are there any historic photos of Pittsburgh left to publish? Before Miriam Meislik's Historic Photos of Pittsburgh hit my desk, I wasn't sure. With its industrial drama and striking topography, Pittsburgh has long been popular with photographers, and there's a brisk trade in coffee-table books featuring their images . . . Yet despite the crowded field, Meislik, who curates photos and other media for the University of Pittsburgh's Archives Service Center, has found a wider lens through which to view the city . . . So with a few exceptions -- like a shot of a riverboat going up in flames -- most of these photos aren't of dramatic events, but of the moments between. Streetscapes, trolleys, roadcrews at work ... these dominate the book, much as they dominated daily life. If that sounds prosaic or dull, it's not . . . Other photography books ask "What did Pittsburgh mean?" But for enthusiasts, Historic Photos raises a question just as useful: What was Pittsburgh like?
—Chris Potter
Pitt Chronicle
Just in time for the commemoration of Pittsburgh's 250th birthday comes Historic Photos of Pittsburgh (Turner Publishing) by Miriam Meislik, archivist and photo curator for the University of Pittsburgh Archives Service Center, part of the University Library System.

With fact-filled photo captions and chapter introductions by Meislik, the new book presents nearly 200 rare black-and-white photographs, selected from Pitt's photographic archives, to tell the story of Pittsburgh's fascinating past. Historic photos include images from the 1860s to the present, pulled from collections as diverse as the Darlington Family Papers, Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection, Smoke Control Lantern Slides, the Pittsburgh Railways Company Collection, and many others.

Historic Photos of Pittsburgh is part of Turner Publishing's Historic Photos series. These books, highlighting the history of the great cities, pivotal events, and legendary figures across America, have been acclaimed as a staple in the collection of anyone who loves history.
—Sharon S. Blake
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596523302
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Miriam Meislik is the Media Curator for the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Information Science, University of Pittsburgh.
She is an active member of the Society of American Archivists where she has served as chair of the Visual Materials Section and the Visual Materials Cataloging and Access Roundtable.
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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    A must for Pittsburgh lovers

    This isn't the run of the mill old photo's of Pittsburgh. This book was well thought out and written.

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