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  1. ed
    5/6/2015
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    Believe that is Grant & 6th. Looks like the William Penn in the background.

  2. Beth Reed
    5/6/2015
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    It’s 6th and Grant, I think. Porter Building is in the background of one photo and what looks like the William Penn in another.

  3. 5/6/2015
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    In the last photo, above the man with the dark hat, the word “PORTER” and the letters “BU” can be seen. Probably the Porter Building downtown.

  4. JT Doughty
    5/6/2015
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    In the first photo, the building in the background is the William Penn facing Grant St. In picture 5, you can see the marquee with “Penn Sheraton”, which is what it was called in 1960. The building in the background of the last picture is the Porter Building, on the corner of 6th and Grant. I looked at a 1939 map from the Historic Pittsburgh site: http://images.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/i/image/image-idx?view=entry;cc=maps;entryid=x-29v10p06 . Based on the skinny corner where the men are standing in the last picture, the road should be Dante Way where it meets Grant St. Dante Way no longer exists.

  5. 5/6/2015
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    The “coin glued to the pavement” gag was a classic April Fool’s Day prank, back in the day. It was pretty common for papers to do photo features about this prank from the 20s up until the 60s. So my first guess is that a) maybe the date of the photos is a mistake, and these were an april fool feature. or b) the date is correct, and maybe the photographer was creating the photos in anticipation of April 1st.

    I’ve been collecting examples of April Fool news stories for a while, and I’ve got several examples of photo features posted on my site that are very similar to what you have here:

    http://hoaxes.org/af_database/permalink/penny_prank

    http://hoaxes.org/af_database/permalink/coin_on_the_pavement_gag

    • 5/8/2015
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      Alex: That’s a great website and collection. Thank you for the links.

  6. joe
    5/7/2015
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    The guy at the far right in the last photo… pretty certain he is responsible
    for the term “Jagoff”. His tailor pulled an April fools joke of his own. Looks like he’s really enjoying the moment. Ah the good old days.

  7. 5/8/2015
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    Thanks, community! Great bunch of feedback.

    6th and Grant in front of the William Penn it must be.

  8. Guido
    5/8/2015
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    Also, when did the Press have a morning edition? I’m finding sources from 1960 referring to the Press as an afternoon paper, not a morning + afternoon one.

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