Historic Pittsburgh - Happy 200! Pittsburgh was incorporated as a city on March 18, 1816, twenty three years before photography was introduced to the world. Therefore, no photographs of Pittsburgh's incorporation ceremony in 1816 exist. But Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History has put together a very special historic exhibit to celebrate the City of Pittsburgh in its youth. Printed from the some of the museum's carefully preserved glass plate negative collection from early Pittsburgh photographer Frederick Thomas Gretton are thirty five photographs of Pittsburgh in its youth. Some of which that have never been seen by the public. Frederick Thomas Gretton was the first chief chemist at Jones & Laughlin Steel on Pittsburgh's South Side. As an avid early photographer, Gretton photographed his workplace and his city, capturing the essence of a young, determined, and rapidly advancing Pittsburgh. Gretton's photographs display a proud city, a fun city. A city as strong as the steel that it became famous for.
This event is part of #PGH200, a celebration of Pittsburgh's 200-year history as a city. Over 300 participating organizations like this help make Pittsburgh a great place in which to live, work, play, stay or study. Learn more about Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial at PGH200.com