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Nov. 22, 1956: ”Christmas Parade Downtown Pittsburgh” 
Despite 27-degree weather, thousands of people packed Downtown streets to watch the annual Christmas parade during the noon hour on Thursday, Nov. 22, 1956. 
Leading the way was a Marine Corps color guard and mounted county police officers. Behind them were marching bands. Waving from open-topped cars were the “Santa Belles,” women drawn from the membership of the Pittsburgh Models Club. The women covered their goose bumps by modeling fur coats. 
The Indian Bonnettes, an Oil City unit of baton twirlers who ranged in age from six to 12, weren’t so lucky. The girls’ legs turned a rosy red as they marched and spun in the frosty air. They marched, counter marched and swung batons as though they had lived at the North Pole all their lives, wrote David Martin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
There was a float with a nativity scene. Also in the procession were 40 mammoth balloons, pulled by boys in clown suits. One balloon was shaped like an ice cream cone. The others were characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Felix the Cat and Jocko the Monkey. Santa Claus and his eight reindeer sat on an 85-foot-long float and brought up the end of the procession. 
Back then, the parade route was different. Participants started in Gateway Center and marched up Liberty Avenue to Fifth Avenue, up Fifth to Grant Street, then down Sixth Avenue to Liberty and back to Gateway Center. 
(Post-Gazette photo)
— Marylynne Pitz

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Nov. 22, 1956: ”Christmas Parade Downtown Pittsburgh” 

Despite 27-degree weather, thousands of people packed Downtown streets to watch the annual Christmas parade during the noon hour on Thursday, Nov. 22, 1956. 

Leading the way was a Marine Corps color guard and mounted county police officers. Behind them were marching bands. Waving from open-topped cars were the “Santa Belles,” women drawn from the membership of the Pittsburgh Models Club. The women covered their goose bumps by modeling fur coats. 

The Indian Bonnettes, an Oil City unit of baton twirlers who ranged in age from six to 12, weren’t so lucky. The girls’ legs turned a rosy red as they marched and spun in the frosty air. They marched, counter marched and swung batons as though they had lived at the North Pole all their lives, wrote David Martin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

There was a float with a nativity scene. Also in the procession were 40 mammoth balloons, pulled by boys in clown suits. One balloon was shaped like an ice cream cone. The others were characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Felix the Cat and Jocko the Monkey. Santa Claus and his eight reindeer sat on an 85-foot-long float and brought up the end of the procession. 

Back then, the parade route was different. Participants started in Gateway Center and marched up Liberty Avenue to Fifth Avenue, up Fifth to Grant Street, then down Sixth Avenue to Liberty and back to Gateway Center. 

(Post-Gazette photo)

 Marylynne Pitz

U.S. Steel-Mellon Building during construction, 1949-1950 (via) 
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: September 29, 1950 
At a height of 550 feet, the U.S. Steel-Mellon Building is topped out in a flag-raising ceremony. Thirty-five feet shorter than the Gulf Building, it was the city’s second-tallest skyscraper. The building later became known as Three Mellon Center and is now officially called 525 William Penn Place. [Historic Pittsburgh]

U.S. Steel-Mellon Building during construction, 1949-1950 (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: September 29, 1950 

At a height of 550 feet, the U.S. Steel-Mellon Building is topped out in a flag-raising ceremony. Thirty-five feet shorter than the Gulf Building, it was the city’s second-tallest skyscraper. The building later became known as Three Mellon Center and is now officially called 525 William Penn Place. [Historic Pittsburgh]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: September 22, 1958 
Author Mary Roberts Rinehart, 82, a native of Pittsburgh, died in New York City. [Historic Pittsburgh; Wikipedia]
From Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: 

Her first book, “The Circular Staircase,” was published in 1908 when Theodore Roosevelt was President, the hobble skirt was something of a national scandal and ministers spoke of the lawn hammock as a challenge to morals.In this book, Mrs. Rinehart proved, for the first time, that mystery, crime and humor can be combined.It has generally been believed in Pittsburgh for many years that the Singer mansion in Wilkinsburg was the site of the Circular Staircase. Mrs. Rinehart tells me it was not—that, at the time, she had never known of a house with such a staircase.Last year she wrote “A Light in the Window,” the story of two World War generations, with the flush and hard times in between. Her writings have encompassed two generations; outlived two Roosevelt presidents.She never has believed that life is easy, but that if a guy is down he can always get up and keep on fighting. That’s been the rich history of her own life. (more)

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: September 22, 1958 

Author Mary Roberts Rinehart, 82, a native of Pittsburgh, died in New York City. [Historic PittsburghWikipedia]

From Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Her first book, “The Circular Staircase,” was published in 1908 when Theodore Roosevelt was President, the hobble skirt was something of a national scandal and ministers spoke of the lawn hammock as a challenge to morals.
In this book, Mrs. Rinehart proved, for the first time, that mystery, crime and humor can be combined.
It has generally been believed in Pittsburgh for many years that the Singer mansion in Wilkinsburg was the site of the Circular Staircase. Mrs. Rinehart tells me it was not—that, at the time, she had never known of a house with such a staircase.
Last year she wrote “A Light in the Window,” the story of two World War generations, with the flush and hard times in between. Her writings have encompassed two generations; outlived two Roosevelt presidents.
She never has believed that life is easy, but that if a guy is down he can always get up and keep on fighting. That’s been the rich history of her own life. (more)