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Vintage America


Santa Fe Springs, CA
 

After posting the Duquesne beer sign, someone from twitter referred me to the Recapturist which is a project by Bill Rose. Bill goes around and documents vintages signs all around the U.S. There is so much inspiration on here and his photos are really beautiful. The thing that sets this site apart is there are stories under each sign. These are a few of my favorites:


Cincinnati, Ohio


Wheeling, WV


Hilliard, FL


Redwood City, CA


Summerville, GA


Owatonna, MN


Owatonna, MN


Baltimore, MD

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Duquesne Beer Sign


Carnegie Museum of Art Collection of Photographs, 1894-1958, Carnegie Museum of Art, 1952
 
I came across this great Duquesne Beer Sign, look closely how many bulbs this must have taken! This sign was located at the corner of Bigelow Boulevard and Sixth Avenue just above Grant Street Downtown.

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James Gallery

I was recently invited to the James Gallery located in the West End. It’s been around for quite some time. The building has gone through different phases over the years but in the beginning it was initially a stable, used to hold the horses for the funeral parlor that was once across the street and for the other businesses in the West End. I thought that was really interesting historic tidbit. Even though the gallery itself has been around for some time, I had never visited until now! Take a look:


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Posted


Steeltown Anthem and TOWNHOUSE are excited to present POSTED a showcase featuring letterpress, screenprinted and digital posters by more than 15 local artists, will be on display Nov. 7-9. at TOWNHOUSE in East Liberty. If you’re a poster artist interested in getting in the show, we still have a very few spots open — email us at steeltownanthem@gmail.com
 
The opening party is 6-9pm Thursday, Nov. 7, with local beer and a DJ set by Matthew Buchholz. A special thanks to AIGA Pittsburgh for sponsoring the event and supporting local PGH designers/artists. I will be posting the artists and designers shortly. Stay tuned!

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Alternate Histories of the World

I’m so excited to give you guys a sneak preview into the new awesome book by Matthew Buchholz, known for his Alternate Histories line of prints and greeting cards.

 
This new book (which you can pre-order) is based on the series of prints that feature historic maps, photographs with monsters, robots, zombies, and sci-fi creations. What if a robot was present at the signing of the Declaration of Independence? Or aliens built the Statue of Liberty?

 
Matthew was inspired by the rich history of Pittsburgh and his first print was an 1867 view of Pittsburgh & Allegheny with a monster crushing his way across the skyline. The posters has since expanded to included over 60 cities and now a book: Alternate Histories of the World is a humorous pictorial history of the world that looks at the influence of these various creatures on mankind’s development.


Beijing
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Caldwell Linker

I met Caldwell at an Operation Sappho dance when I first moved back in Feb. 2009. Pretty much every time since, the camera is always in hand! At first it made me feel uncomfortable and awkward, I think because I wasn’t use to seeing someone always carry their camera around. After some time, I just expected it and now knowing Caldwell better, there’s a lot of admiration on how these images capture our queer scene. Yes, I said it, we have a scene here. No, it’s not Portland or San Francisco but if you lived here a few years ago, it didn’t exist! I think what Caldwell does is important because it shows a side of Pittsburgh you don’t see too often. Take a look:


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Pittsburgh Wallpaper Series

It’s the end of summer and fall is just around the corner. Check out this month’s Pittsburgh Wallpaper Series by artist and designer Kim Fox. I’ve been a fan of Kim’s work since I met her a few years ago at Handmade Arcade. The last few months she’s been producing pieces that seem inspired by the countryside and farms.

Kim’s Inspiration:
My inspiration is formed by my surroundings, by my life in a city in that exists in the midst of both decay and rebirth, set against the dramatic beauty and constant change of the Pennsylvania landscape.
 
For the past six years, my work has focused on organic themes such as birds, bees, farm machinery and the simple trappings of home. My art rarely, if ever, tries to tackle gigantic themes nor do I use it as a platform for making bold statements. I try instead to pay tribute to life’s simple offerings of beauty that exist all around us in such abundance that they can easily be overlooked.
 
2560×1440 // 1900×1200 // 1680×1050 // 1440×900 // 1280×1024 // iPad // iPhone // iPhone5

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Weekly Recollections…

Last weekend I was consumed by Ohio or I should say, Cleveland, Ohio. Some people are pretty passionate here on making statements like “Cleveland sucks” or “what is there to do in Ohio?” Personally, I love doing small trips to Columbus and finally, I visited Cleveland! I haven’t been there in a few years and this time I mainly went to hang out with friends at WMCfest. The talks that I heard were really inspiring and touching. But in my down town time there was a lot of exploring and food consumption. I had so much fun. Friends told me that their food scene is amazing and they were correct.


Hanging out with these guys was probably my favorite part.
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James Benney III


Riverboat on the Monongahela River
 

There’s something to be said about pictures that depict everyday situations and the life happening around us. Today while searching in Pitt’s archives, I came across James Benney’s photographs. I have seen them before because he uses circles. Today I noticed how ordinary yet haunting these images are. He took his camera around A LOT during 1889 and captured scenes in our city. Take a look:

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