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Pittsburgh 1889 – A Union Trust Company Map from 1939

25 Feb

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Here’s a beautiful full color hand drawn map of Pittsburgh in 1889, but created by the Union Trust Company in 1939.

Some notable things include a covered 9th St Bridge, a canal tunnel, and that Herron Hill was important enough to have a marker. Also, City Hall was on Smithfield St?

I find the orientation of the map interesting as well, as I’ve frequently heard that the Mon Wharf was considered the “front” or entrance to the City, as people often arrived via boat. When you think of it in this way, downtown’s grid makes more sense, with Penn and Liberty comprising the “back” of the City.

I really don’t have much more on this, but found it here.


Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen Hand Drawn Map

1 Feb

A little late on this. But this is the 2017 Dirty Dozen – a bicycle race up the 13 steepest hills in Pittsburgh. For over 30 years, Danny Chew has been running this iconic event. If you don’t know Danny, please take a minute and google him and his story of being a two time Race Across America winner and his lifetime goal of riding a million miles. This goal was recently thwarted after a crash left him without the use of his legs. But, he is not giving up and is will be attempting to accomplish this feat with a hand cycle.

Areas of Concentrated Residence of Foreign Born in Allegheny County in 1940

26 Nov


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Found on a cool Facebook page called The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh.

Mario Zucca’s Pittsburgh Map Illustration

26 Nov


Wow! So great. Go and Pre-order a print now!

While you’re over there, go and check out a bunch of his other illustrations. Lots of Pittsburgh content.

Fantasy Map of Pittsburgh

16 Oct



Inspired by the maps in epic fantasy novels like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, this map shows Pittsburgh as a fantasy land of castles and dragons.

You can purchase a print of this map for $10.

Pittsburgh Hand-Drawn Mapping Project

4 Dec


These are a few of my favorite things (Pittsburgh) from the Pittsburgh Hand-Drawn Mapping Project

I just came across this cool new tumblr that’s collecting Pittsburgh Hand-Drawn Maps.

Directions scribbled on backs on napkins, turn-by-turn Post-It notes, a sketch of the best sushi restaurants in the city — these reflect how we truly see Pittsburgh.

At the Pittsburgh Hand-Drawn Mapping Project, we’re collecting your drawings to build a living atlas to the city.

Exactly.  Pretty excited what comes of this project. Be sure to check out the smell map of someone’s bike commute, called Commutearoma. Brilliant.

Check out the Pittsburgh Hand-Drawn Mapping Project and submit a map!

Diptych drawing

17 Feb

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A diptych (play /ˈdɪptɪk/; from the Greek δίπτυχον,[1] di “two” + ptychē “fold”) is any object with two flat plates attached at a hinge.

This awesome drawing/print is a limited edition available on etsy

Some modern artists have used the term in the title of works consisting of two paintings never actually connected, but intended to be hung close together as a pair, such as Pittsburgher Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych (1962)- a modern pop culture icon.

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