History & Resources
We were wondering what life was like in Pittsburgh during the Great Depression—what it would be like to survive penniless on the streets of a city that once swirled in smog, where the streetlamps stayed lit and a newspaper cost three cents. We wondered what it felt like to live in those years before World War II, where Hitler’s brand of evil was a whisper in our own country, and we wondered who was listening and who would care.
So…we started with a map.
And a photo.
Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh