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Pittsburgh City PaperAre 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?