Vintage Duquesne University Postcard

This vintage postcard shows Duquesne University in 1933 along the bluff above the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. The main building in the foreground is known as “Old Main.” Duquesne University is run by the Spiritan order of priests who were originally known as Holy Ghost Fathers. They founded the university with the mission ‚Äúserving God […]

Niagara Falls and Coke Ovens Vintage Postcard

One wonders why a postcard like this was printed? What do Niagara Falls and Coke Ovens in Pennsylvania have to do with each other? Interestingly, in the early 1900s, this type of postcard was not unusual. Postcards were often advertisements to promote America in different ways. This vintage postcard is actually a promotion of not […]

Main Street Ralston Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows Main Street in Ralston, Pennsylvania in 1900. This is a quaint view of a time when the roads where not paved and wood frame houses with front porches lined the streets. A couple is out in Victorian dress in this mid-winter Main Street view of 1900. The town of Ralston, situated […]

Sewickley Edgeworth Club Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard picture was taken in 1911 of the Edgeworth Club in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. There were three sites for The Edgeworth Club in Sewickley. This old postcard shows the second location, used for several years after the first site burned down. The Historical Society in Sewickley has created this great book: Sewickley Postcard History […]

Panther Hollow Lake in Schenley Park Vintage Postcard

This 1910 vintage postcard shows a couple boating across a lake by moonlight. The lake is Panther Hollow Lake in Schenley Park which borders Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens of Pittsburgh. A very romantic setting for the couple in the postcard with moonlight streaming across the lake. It’s a great view of an early 1900s […]

Pittsburgh Zoo Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows the Pittsburgh Zoo in 1910 on a particularly bright sunny day. The Pittsburgh Zoo opened in June, 1989 on the present site in Highland Park, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh on the Allegheny River north of the city. The Pittsburgh Zoo: A 100-Year History, by Rachel Colker’s, notes that Pittsburgh had […]

Roosevelt Hotel Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the early 1940’s. At the time of this postcard, The Roosevelt was a grand hotel that many visitors traveling to Pittsburgh would stay in. Today it is the Roosevelt Arms Apartments, 609 Penn Ave. in Pittsburgh. A bit of Pittsburgh trivia is that […]

Pittsburgh By Night Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows downtown Pittsburgh By Night in 1931. It shows a very interesting view of Pittsburgh at night across the Monongahela river from the summit on the south shore of Pittsburgh’s river, “The Mon”. The bridge is the Wabash Bridge (a railroad bridge) built in 1902 – 1904. The superstructure was removed in […]

Downtown Pittsburgh City Streets Vintage Postcard

This beautiful vintage postcard from 1900, shows Downtown Pittsburgh with the corner of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street during a busy day. One can see the people in Victorian dress along the sidewalks, with the Pittsburgh Trolley Cars moving through the streets. This view of Pittsburgh is particularly bright and pretty as many of the […]

Pittsburgh Vintage Postcard – Point Park in 1931

This vintage postcard shows a view of the rivers of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1931 at what is today Point Park, where the Ohio River, the Allegheny River, and the Monongahela River all meet to form a triangle of land. In this picture, the park had not been built yet. Notice the steam ships and barges […]