An exceptional albumen photograph showing workers admiring their completed job on the historic Smithfield Bridge in Pittsburgh, PA. This image was likely taken in 1889-1890 when a third truss line was added to widen the bridge. The albumen was taken by noted Pittsburgh photographer H.E.Platt in which his stamp is on the verso. The photograph has obvious condition problems. These problems exist because of the great flood of 1936 and 1937 when Pittsburgh like Cincinnati and other Ohio River cities were inundated with endless rain and historic flooding. This occurred when the height of the depression and seemingly endless misery piled upon misery. This photograph was saved by a steel city policeman rowing a boat looking for survivors. This photograph was floating on life support in the mangled debris on top of a piano tangled in trash and telephone wire. Well… this being said it has dirty river water stains, loving repaired tears and foxing.
Included with this treasure is a newspaper of the Pittsburgh Press dated April 18th 1936 covering the great flood. This photograph was wrapped inside this newspaper that chronicled this flood.