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February 14, 2017

The Spencer Family Valentine Hunt

In the early 1900s on the corner of Amberson and Dahlia Avenues in Shadyside, an eclectic Valentine’s Day tradition thrived in the household of a local Pittsburgh middle class family.

January 4, 2017

The Westinghouse Time Capsule

At 1 p.m. on the 1938 autumnal equinox, Sept. 23, the Westinghouse Time Capsule descended into a hole in the earth on the grounds of the New York World’s Fair, not to be seen again for 5,000 years.

December 23, 2016

A Very Aluminum Christmas

Emerging in the mid-1950s, aluminum Christmas trees were marketed as a solution to the problems posed by their pine-needled counterparts. They were easy to set up, reusable, fireproof, and did not shed on the living room floor.