The Sen. John Heinz History Center's Library and Archives recently added 12 streaming films to their photographic website, Life in Western Pennsylvania (www.lifeinwesternpa.org/films). Thanks to a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the library was able to reformat over 2 hours worth of footage from the Bill Beal film collection. Beal, a Pittsburgh filmmaker active from the 1940s through the 1990s, created almost 200 complete works ranging from industrial showpieces for Allegheny Ludlum and PPG to local features such as "Pittsburgh: The City with a Smile on its Face". As a pilot project, brief clips of iconic Pittsburgh scenes have been added to the Life in Western Pennsylvania website in a number of different streaming formats. Subjects include steel works, coal plants, the inclines, aerials of Downtown and Oakland, Sen. John Heinz and the Delta Queen, Vic Cianca directing traffic, and the demolition of the Carlton House.
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