My Mom randomly sent me this picture, and I think its pretty amazing. The date is 1912. I'm not sure where it was taken.
I love being able to deduce where pictures were taken from urban form clues. We know this much: brick rowhouses with a fairly steep hill, and the row houses look to be new - considering the height of the trees. Guessing an industrial city like Pittsburgh, Philly, or Baltimore (I don't know how hilly it is there). The neo-colonial style of porches points to east coast. Definitely not Chicago, and not dense enough to be NY. My guess is Pittsburgh.The thing I really love about this picture is that you can see that this working-class neighborhood looks fairly new and feels suburban. In 1912, it was "suburban" by comparison to the downtown. But by today's standards it would be an urban neighborhood. I would love to go back in time to see what the edge of town was like. Was it something like this neighborhood, then the street ended and there was a farm field?
That is an interesting question. Those row houses do really remind me of Philadelphia, and certainly the hill would be realistic for somewhere in the area. Maybe a streetcar suburb. But Pittsburg seems like a fine guess too.hmm .. I wonder if the street light would be a clue.
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