Pittsburgh – July 2017 – Anthrocon AKA The FURRIES

Each year in Pittsburgh over 7000 people attend Anthrocon, a convention for people who like to dress up in furry costumes. In addition over 2000 of them participate in a brief parade around the convention center.

Think what you might, this was easily one of the best photo ops I have ever seen. The people all were very cool (albeit quiet) and were more than willing to pose. It was a hoot, and will be hard to top for general strangeness for subject matter. This one is highly recommended to anyone with a sense of humor.

 

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Pittsburgh – July 2017 – Scenes From The City

Scenes of Pittsburgh

Night time from Mt Washington (a corner of PNC Park during a game)

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Ft Pitt Bridge Lower Level

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Cornices on an old skyscraper

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Alcoa Building (now apartments)

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Pittsburgh ‘T’ (lacking originality and using Boston’s name for the trains)

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Lobby of PNC Headquarters

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Roberto Clemente is making sure you know it is a bike lane.

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Mon River – Smithfield Street Bridge in the foreground, with one of the Gateway Clipper boats on the right

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The Point

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A mix of the Point Park Fountain, Ft Duquesne Bridge and PNC Park light towers

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Doesn’t everyone get their wedding photos taken on a bridge (closed to traffic for the baseball crowd)

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Pittsburgh – July 2017 – Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center, like most science centers, is geared towards children, but with an excellent railway model of the highlights of Pittsburgh I wanted to check it out.

An added bonus was the Robot Hall of Fame, as well as a submarine docked on the banks of the Ohio River!

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An interesting display showing the stress high heel shoes put on a woman’s ankle and foot.

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Forbes Field

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

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Danger Will Robinson….

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Pittsburgh – June 2017 – Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928, living there until he went to New York in his 20s to find fame and fortune. After his death he was returned to Pittsburgh for burial along with the other members of his family.

The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist. Situated over 7 floors and 88,000 square feet, there are hundreds of paintings and thousands of photographs throughout on display and in the archives, covering his work chronologically starting with his earliest work on the 7th floor.

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Washington, PA – June 2017 – Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is about an hour south of downtown Pittsburgh, near the town of Washington, Pennsylvania. They are one of the oldest trolley museums in the country, having started in 1949 when the trolleys were still running. It is well worth a visit, one of the best streetcar museums I have seen, and we enjoyed our time there checking out the cars, with the bonus of going for rides.

One of their highlights is a New Orleans streetcar number 832. When New Orleans was disposing of some old streetcars to museums they ‘mistakenly’ allowed this car to go to Pennsylvania. It turned out this was the car used in the 1950s movie ‘Streetcar Named Desire’.

 

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The museum has a number of well kept ‘barns’, with numerous cars in each. The Fifth Avenue car was from the early 1900s when they were still horse drawn. The one below was used to take passengers through the week to work, and mourners to funerals on Saturdays.

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The West Penn Streetcar lines were represented.

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An interurban from Toledo.

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A newer PCC streetcar painted in the ‘PAT’ (Port Authority of Pittsburgh) colors.

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