“Everything except salt air and a beach.”

| August 22nd, 2012, 1:52 PM

Did you know that the world’s first Ferris Wheel was invented and built by a Pittsburgher in 1893?

Walking by Caliban Books the other day I spotted this little gem in the window: PittburGraphics: Graphic Studies in Paragraphs and Pictures Pertaining to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Samuel R. Ohler. Published in 1983, this book is packed with fascinating (if a bit outdated) tid-bits of information about our Steel City, including a history of Pittsburgh’s inclines, tunnels, and bridges, as well as its Greatest Tragedies, Worst Floods, and the mysterious “Underground River.” Also covered are exciting topics such as “Fighting Ships Named USS Pittsburgh” and “Living Downtown” in the city Ohler describes as having “everything but salt air and a beach.” This book is so full of PGH-pride that the cover features a typeface called “Pittsburgh Black,” first manufactured in PGH in the early 1900s.

See the gallery below to peek between the covers. There is even a little lesson in Pittsburguese!