Teenie Harris Archive Stories: Part 3


In honor of Black History Month, below are two more of the recent updates we’ve made to the Teenie Harris Archive based on your feedback. If you’d like to share more information about the people, places, or events in these images, or any of the nearly 1,000 photographs featured in Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story, you can send us an email at CMA-ArchiveProject@carnegiemuseums.org, or simply fill out one of the forms available in the exhibition.

The exhibition closes April 7—don’t miss this chance to see some of Teenie’s photographs up close and share your own stories. And check back here soon for more stories from the archive!

The Men of Local 1272

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Steelworkers including Harold, Wilbur Smith, Harry Rowczka, Boyd L. Wilson, Sam Bealich, Charles Washington, Raymond Glenn, Charles Winbush, John O’Brien, and Peter Charles and Ted Mathos kneeling in front, outside United Steelworkers of America headquarters, 2716 Sarah Street, South Side, 1946 (Exhibition No. 364)

Milana Karlo Bizic’s grandparents Andja and Nikola Mamula owned and lived in this building at 2716 Sarah Street on the South Side where the United Steelworkers of America, local 1272, rented space on the first floor for $20 a month in the 1940s. Nikola Mamula made the wooden bench on which the men sit. Bizic’s great uncle, Rade Mamula, who earned 44 cents an hour at the Jones & Laughlin South Side works, was killed when a girder struck him from behind in 1933.  Though unions still fought for increased worker safety in the mills, issues of racial discrimination were in the forefront in the 1940s when Teenie Harris documented these workers and union leaders.

Mr. Taddings?

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Men wearing hats inscribed “Gysegems” standing behind tables preparing dough, in kitchen classroom at South Vocational High School, c. 1964 (Exhibition No. 895)

From 1984 to 1989 Donald G. Lancaster worked in this commercial baking classroom in the Annex Building on 10th Street, across the street from South High School, South Side. According to an article on April 21, 1956, in the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, the “modern and well-equipped” bake shop was newly opened and courses were taught by a Mr. Taddings. Baking students included both school-age teens and veterans recently returned from the Korean War. Can you identify any of the men in this photograph? Perhaps Mr. Taddings is the man on the right?