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Old 05-03-2011, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Mt. Lebanon
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Default Official Old Photo Challenge Thread

I've been encouraged by Yac to consolidate these puzzles into one thread, so here it is! This will be open for anyone to post a photo challenge, but I think we should agree on these rules:
1. One challenge at a time. Wait for the current puzzle to be solved before posting a new one.
2. In order to solve the puzzle, you must be forced to learn something new or unexpected about Pittsburgh and its people.
3. I've learned its almost impossible to predict the difficulty of a puzzle, so err on the side of "really difficult."

So, to get this ball rolling, Who is this Yinzer?

Clue #1. No, it is not evidence that Sidney Crosby can travel through time...

Although they do look alike, don't you think?

Clue#2. Anyone with the self-confidence to strut around in a matching houndstooth pants, vest, and bow-tie combo is probably the coolest guy in the room.

Clue#3. What you don't know about this Yinzer is that he was arrested and publicly humiliated. But his limitless reserves of self-confidence allowed him to get back on his feet and thrive.

O.K. go!
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I'll take a stab: Stephen Foster?
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Mt. Lebanon
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Here's what Stephen Foster looked like:

So, its definitely the same time period as him, mid-nineteenth century....
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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My second guess is George Westinghouse.

You can be sure....if it's Westinghouse. If it's not, I just wasted a good advertising slogan on the wrong person.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Mt. Lebanon
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Nope. Here's George Westinghouse as a young man:
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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OK, then it's HJ Heinz. Final answer.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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William Thaw?
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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Let's rule them out. It's not Andrew Carngie. I checked his photo.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Looks like it was indeed Heinz. What a sharp young fellow.
(see here)
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Whew! That was harder than I thought. I went through my list of 19th century industrialists. And I just watched a documentary on Heinz recently - should have known it earlier.
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