Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Greetings From - Taylor Allderdice High School

Postcards are magical things. Small windows into the past. If you aren't careful, you can sometimes fall into them and have a hard time finding your way back.

It's been quite some time since my high school days, but this postcard extends even further back into the past, likely predating my graduation by three decades. In this particular rendering, Taylor Allderdice High School, located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, looks pretty much as it did when I attended classes there in the mid-1970s. A later expansion saw a building placed directly in front of the school's main entrance, greatly diminishing the building's grand and stately architectural aesthetics. The large smokestack that towers behind the building was appropriately enough the common location for between-class cigarette breaks.

This next postcard displays part of the route I took when traveling from the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lincoln Place to Taylor Allderdice. The Homestead High Level Bridge crossed the Monongahela River, connecting Squirrel Hill to the steel town of Homestead.


Pat Lewis said...

Wow, Jeff--I didn't know you were a fellow Pittsburgher! I'm in Shadyside, but my last apartment was in Squirrel Hill. The Homestead High-Level Bridge (now the Homestead Grays Bridge, after the Negro League baseball team) was recently renovated, but still doesn't look as swanky as it does in that postcard. Great stuff, though!