A Pittsburgh story

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Below are a few illustrations from Harper's Weekly in 1864. We photographed the illustrations at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, which has a wonderfully preserved Harper's collecion.

Below: Launch of LST 750.

While 25,000 people looked on, LST 750 was launched on Neville Island on Memorial Day, 1944.

Here are a few images from the nation's first armored car robbery, in 1927. We found them in our archive:

Paul Jawarski, leader of Pittsburgh's Flathead gang, packed two charges of black powder under Bethel Road, near Bethel Park. The exploding charges overturned a Brinks truck. Its doors popped open and Jawarski and his pals made off with more than $100,000 without firing a shot. Guards were too stunned to resist.

An escort vehicle plunged into one of the holes made by Jawarski's charges.

After a shootout with Cleveland police, Jawarski lay bleeding on the porch of a home in the city's Fleet Street neighborhood. He survived his wounds, only to die in Rockview Prison's electric chair.

This is how a few of the city's newspapers covered the Union Paper Box fire:

At the time, Pittsburgh was blessed with several papers -- the Leader ("The Paper That Does Things"), the Post, the Press, the Dispatch, the Sun and the Gazette-Times. These papers provided most of our source material (along with a book entitled "The Story of Old Allegheny," compiled by the writers program of the Works Projects Administration and published in 1941, and a publication called Quarterly of the National Fire Protection Association).

Here's a photograph of the Brown Building shortly after the fire that killed 13 people in October, 1915. We found this image in a publication called the Quarterly of the National Fire Protection Association, published in the months after the blaze. Most of the young women perished in a cloak closet on the top floor of the building.

While searching for another picture a few weeks ago, we found this great aerial shot of the North Side after the 1927 gas tank explosion. The image was broken into two pieces -- we scanned both and put them together digitally. At the bottom of the image, you can see the clay pot factory that was partially demolished during the blast. Be sure to check out our video of the explosion in the player at the top of the page.