Hey people! I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the summer weather! I have, once again, been rather derelict in my writing duties over the last month. I certainly hope to do better, and I appreciate everyone hanging in there with me.
Thanks to Duquesner JOHN BERTA, I have a treat for you. A few weeks ago, John forwarded several pictures to me to share with you. One of those pictures was a magnificent panoramic view of Duquesne that was taken in 1938. Although some of you may have seen this photograph before, the quality of the one that John sent to me was so great, that I was able to dissect it into several smaller sections to try to identify some of the buildings, structures and areas. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to identify many of the items and decided to ask for your help. Due to the size of the images, it may take longer than normal for the pictures to load, but be patient, they’re worth the wait!
As my daughter’s were growing up, there was a series of books that were published called “Where’s Waldo?” The point of the book was to try to find this tiny cartoon character in a rather cluttered picture. Well, Waldo’s looking for his hunky roots and has visited Duquesne, so can you help him (and me of course) identify 20 Duquesne sites? If you can help, please write a comment and share your Duquesne expertise with all of us!
This first picture is the panoramic photograph that John sent to me:
The following five photos show various portions of Duquesne. Some buildings are easily identified, others, not so much. In the first photo, I was surprised to know that my father’s business, located directly across from the Holy Name Rectory on South 1st Street, didn’t exist in 1938. It appears to be a parking lot, which it eventually returned to! If you can identify any of the the “# – ?” items, please comment!
Again, to see a large version of any photo, just click on the image.
Lastly, I was AMAZED at the size of the area and the number of homes that were located “below the tracks!” By the time I was born, or at least within the time I can recall, this area no longer existed. If anyone has any insight into this area or can identify any of the buildings, please comment and share with us.
Stay well my friends!