1940: Pittsburgh before smoke control Chris June 4, 2012 1940-1949, Health & medicine, Places 12 CommentsFavourited 1582 times Add to favourites ‘For more than a century, Pittsburgh was marked as a smoky city. In 1941 an effective smoke control ordinance was passed in the city of Pittsburgh regulating the burning of coal, but the onset of World War II’ 12 Responses KC June 5, 2012 ….and people talk about “the good old days” Reply BQ June 6, 2012 nice to see how Pittsburgh looked back then… makes it look so much better now. Reply mcravener June 6, 2012 Kind of makes you think how China (mis)handles its environment today. Reply Maggie June 7, 2012 And some want to dismantle the EPA today. This is what every city would look like. Just imagine what it did to people’s lungs, especially children. Reply Will June 8, 2012 Several of these pictures are of St. Louis. Namely, photo #21 appears to be St. Louis Union Station (http://www.stlouisunionstation.com/info/photoGallery.cfm), and the final photo is certainly the St. Louis Civil Courts building (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2010-07-04_1960x2940_stlouis_civil_courts_building.jpg). Reply Guest June 11, 2012 “And some want to dismantle the EPA today. This is what every city would look like.” The last time I checked, the EPA wasn’t created until 25 years after Pittsburgh solved its smoke problem. Reply Lauren June 12, 2012 Actually, quite a few of these photos are of St. Louis, MO. Too bad the author did not bother with fact checking. #12, 17, 18, 21, 24 and possibly 19, are all in St. Louis, not Pittsburgh. #21 is Union Station, #24 is the Civil Courts, # 12 is the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building, #17, 18 were taken on or near Washington Avenue. St. Louis enacted the first smoke control laws in the United States in the 1930s, these photos were taken prior to the law. Pittsburgh based their later smoke control law on St. Louis. Reply danni June 27, 2012 Very film noir-ish. Reply monster high costumes for kids August 16, 2012 This city sure is foggy… I wonder how much percentage is the road accident rate here. Its too dangerous to drive at this environment. Reply Heather September 12, 2012 Wow!! I had no idea!! Reply Foro Vietnam November 8, 2012 Ahhh…. the good old days hehehe Reply Demi February 23, 2014 Here something to listen to while viewing (thanks a bunch, Dana) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9_sSOG0xiA Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.