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Russell H. Heffley Photographs

What's online?

The online collection contains images dating between 1924 through the 1950s. All photographs were taken by Heffley, a photographer who lived in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The images document downtown Johnstown, local businesses, advertising, parks, and daily life in this city.

What's in the entire collection?

The collection, held by the Archives Service Center (ASC) at the University of Pittsburgh, is broad. The entire collection consists of 648 images: 313 black and white negatives (6.5" x 8.5" and 8"x10"), 67 black and white prints (8"x10"), and two bound albums containing 268 black and white prints (8"x10"). All of the photographs were taken in or around Johnstown, Pa., and feature images of the downtown area during its industrial peak from the 1920s until the 1950s. These images include views documenting city terrain, street scenes, prominent buildings, churches, and several interior prints of the Johnstown High School featuring students at work. Also presented are images taken immediately after the Johnstown flood of 1936. Heffley also took photographs of several coal mines in Cambria and Somerset counties, photographs of automobiles from the 1920s, and billboard advertisements.

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