Do you own a dusty scrapbook filled with old family photographs? Or a shoebox stuffed with black-and-white or color pictures of family gatherings and events from years past?
If so, you can help us out.
We want to expand the Digs to tell the story of Pittsburgh through the pictures of everyday people who’ve lived the city’s history.
Maybe you have a picture of your great grandparents as newly arrived immigrants, or a faded Polaroid of your crazy uncle attending a concert at the Syria Mosque. Perhaps it’s your mother setting off for work at an industrial facility during World War II, or a father holding his child’s hand in the Lower Hill District.
We’re seeking photographs from every community, no matter whether you’re new to the city or have relatives with long histories in the region. Pictures can be 10 years or 100 years old. Our goal is to explore personal and family stories that can add depth and dimension to the city’s history.
We’ve posted a few pictures with this blog entry give you an idea of the wide range of photographs we’re seeking. Some are simple portraits — a person standing and looking directly at the camera. Others are candid shots. Some pictures show a wide view that give readers a look at nearby houses and streets and businesses. Maybe a relative once took a picture of a news event — a flood or the closing of a steel mill or a parade.
Describe your pictures or send a digital version of the photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include contact information so we can get in touch with you and hear the stories behind your photographs. And check back with the Digs as we share these images and stories and create a greater understanding of who we are.