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.

4. Corner of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street


5. Pittsburgh Train Station


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


7. Corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues


8. Allegheny Courthouse


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

11. This photo was taken at 12:10 PM

12. Unidentified street in Pittsburgh

13. Corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues

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


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

16. Federal Building in St. Louis

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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