Photos Of Pittsburgh’s Air Pollution: 1940s Vs. Today

Coal fumes in the 1940s blotted out the sun. Gas lamps sometimes had to be lit during the day. / Via Kevin Tang
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2. 600 Liberty Avenue

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3. Monongahela Wharf

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4. Corner of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street

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5. Pittsburgh Train Station

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6. Corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues 8:38 AM

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7. Corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues

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8. Allegheny Courthouse

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9. Workers washing the smog-blackened exterior of Allegheny Courthouse

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11. This photo was taken at 12:10 PM

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12. Unidentified street in Pittsburgh

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13. Corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues

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14. Wabash Bridge (now demolished) and unidentified Downtown church during midday

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15. Around the same time, St. Louis was also fighting to reduce air pollution

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16. Federal Building in St. Louis

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18. For more about pollution in that era, read about the Donora Smog, which killed 22 people and sickened more than 5,000 in 1948.

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