Windows on Market Square

A few weeks ago I published The Birdman of Pittsburgh which was taken in the 1970″s. The picture received a few comments and people asked me where that picture was taken in relationship to the current Market Square.

I am not sure but think I was probably standing in what is now part of PPG Place. I believe I was standing off 4th Avenue near Stanwix. The windows and reflections from PPG Place are truly amazing.

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Windows on Market Square

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Pittsburgh Signs–Beckert Seed Company

Continuing with the Pittsburgh Signs and Murals project, I give you the remnants of the Bekhert Seed and Bulb Company formerly on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. This faded sign is all that is left and can be seen from Market Square.

Many major cities had seed and bulb companies in the early 1900’s. Centralization and mass production in places like Holland Michigan made it difficult for small operations to survive.

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Beckhert Seed and Bulb Company

Pittsburgh Murals–The Strip District

I promised myself that this year I was going to photograph the signs and murals around Pittsburgh. Some are faded reminders of old businesses but some are distinct identification of Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

This one from The Strip District is one of the best and most famous.

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Pittsburgh’s Strip District Mural

Wholey Poly Fish Heads in The Strip District

I love being retired for a lot of reasons. The biggest is being able to do things when places are not crowded. Once a month we journey down to the Pittsburgh Strip District about five miles away.
We visit The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, Penzy Spices,Parma Sausage Company and other depending on what we need. Our last stop is always Wholey’s .

We are fortunate to have the largest fish wholesaler in three states located in Pittsburgh and even luckier that they have a retail store as well. I have been coming here since I was a kid but never looked into the tray labeled Fish Heads and Bones $1.98/lb. I always thought it would look gross and in a way it is but there is also some color and texture that is beautiful in its own way.

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Fish Heads

Stanley Plays The Stanley–Pittsburgh 1976

I am glad they still have rock shows at The Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. We saw Mark Knoplfer play there a coupld of years ago and it really took me back to some of the great shows they had there a long time ago.

This is from the Stanley Clarke School Days Tour in 1976. He made a great entrance on to the stage and then wowed the audience along with guitarist Ray Gomez Billy Cobham and George Duke.

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Stanley Plays The Stanley

Ray Gomez–Stanley Theater 1976

By 1976 Stanley Clarke had began to branch out from Return for Ever and perform as a solo act. School Days is regarded as one of his best albums and was recorded in a studio with a large ensemble. The guitarist on the tour was Ray Gomez and he was electrifying in the concert.

This image was taken at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, PA in 1976. The theater is now known as The Benedum Center.

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Ray Gomez 1976

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The Thunderbolt Kennywood Park 1977

The classic wooden roller coaster was built in 1968 at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin Pennsylvania outside Pittsburgh. It was and still is a fantastic roller coaster. I took my photography classes from The Ivy School of Professional Art on field trips to Kennywood. It was and still is a great tableau in which the view the human circus.

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The Thunderbolt