For this month’s Pittsburgh desktop wallpaper we have designer and illustrator Rachel Arnold Sager. I’m very excited about this one since it pays tribute to when our city was named Pittsburg and the colors go so well with summer. For some people who don’t know why it was spelled like that, Rachel tells us a little history and what inspired her to pay tribute to Pittsburgh when it was just “Pittsburg!”
“I love a lot of things about Pittsburgh. There’s food and art and science and nature and more, but there are things that rocket up to the top of that list as easy favorites. Bridges. Pierogies. Dinosaurs all over the place. But mostly, and you’ll hear this all over the country, its the people.
Long ago, in an effort to standardize city names, President Benjamin Harrison signed a declaration that meant all of the Pittsburghs in the U.S. — and there were several — would lose their “H”. “Pittsburgh” would become “Pittsburg”. But the people in the Pittsburg in Pennsylvania were having none of that silliness, and so after a lengthy public campaign by her citizenry, we got our “H” back. One could say that the resistance to conform was old-fashioned, against the tide of progress. I see it as one more way that the people of the region recognized their identity and clung to it, fought for it, government mandates be damned.
We were Pittsburg for 21 years… but then things got back to normal.”
You can follow Rachel on Dribbble, Twitter (where she says funny and off the wall comments) or her new portfolio site!
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