Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum: At Long Last, a Recreation Park Photo Comes to Light


In the late 19th century, Recreation Park stood as Allegheny City's preeminent sporting facility, but the inexplicable lack of photographic evidence was an intriguing mystery among local baseball researchers. Finally, a year ago, a six-by-nine-inch cyanotype surfaced. The image was in the John Brashear time capsule, which was entrusted to the History Center
soon after being unearthed in a cornerstone of Brashear's demolished optical shop on Perrysville Avenue on the North Side. It offers the only view ofRecreation Park's grandstand amidst its surrounding neighborhood, yet still leaves many unanswered questions.
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