Social and Anti-social Agencies in the Strip – 1915

28 Oct

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No one need go alcoholically thirsty in “The Strip”

The Carnegie Library’s Historic Pittsburgh website has this gem of a book about the Strip District in 1915.  It was written by a local Christian organization to analyze the conditions of the immigrants and workers in the neighborhood.

One of my favorite chapters is called “Social Agencies-harmful.”  It acts as a sort of early Lonely Planet of probably some of the funnest places in the city at the time.  It tells of the 78 “drinking places” that “ply their anti-social trade in the district.” There were also some 10-15 “‘fly-by night’ speak-easies and about a dozen ‘white line’ or ‘dope joints’ where alcohol and drugs are obtained.”  Some of the saloons received such nicknames as the “Bucket of Blood,” the “Stone Jug,” and “Hinky Dinks.”

All of this and more can be found in the stellar book: “The Strip”: a socio-religious survey of a typical problem section of Pittsburgh, Pa, published in 1915.

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