Pittsburgh’s Produce Yards – c1936

Aaron Caplan wore a suit, white shirt and tie every day to his store in the produce yards because he was the owner of the business, not just a laborer.  On May 1 every year, he bought a new straw hat and wore that all summer.

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Part of the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Produce Yards, c1936. (Nowadays the “yards” have gone upscale and gentrified; the area is now known as the Strip District.)

Aaron Caplan's store (under small awning), 1725 Penn Avenue.  Notice the man in the lower left hand corner reading a Yiddish edition of the Jewish Forward newspaper.

Aaron Caplan's store (under small awning), 1725 Penn Avenue. Notice the man in the lower left hand corner reading a Yiddish edition of the Jewish Forward newspaper. -- Click to enlarge

Same location, looking West.  You can see in the background the Gulf Building downtown.  Click to enlarge

Same location, looking West. You can see in the background the Gulf Building downtown. -- Click to enlarge

Across the street, looking East.  Notice the address, 1725, Aaron Caplan's store.  Click to enlarge

Across the street, looking East. Notice the address, 1725, Aaron Caplan's store. -- Click to enlarge

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