Help Identify This Picture, Main Street Monongahela PA

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Monongahela City Postcard circa 1940?
Monongahela City postcard circa 1940? (click picture above to enlarge image)

 

I need help identifying this picture of Main St. Monongahela in a postcard from the 19930’s or 1940’s. Here are a few clues to orient yourself:

  • I believe this picture was taken early in the morning, thus you would be looking south on rt 88 (toward Charleroi)
  • I think the building on the right is where the current First Niagra Bank is located at the corner of 4th and Main Streets, right across the street from where Mc Donald’s is now.
  • Click on the picture to enlarge it and you will see a sign for “Polaski’s News Store”. The small light colored building must have been torn down when the Niagra Bank building was built.
  • I think the large building in the center of the picture is the Alexander Bank at the corner of 3rd and Main Streets. The Alexander Bank was owned by the Alexander family. (Click here to see the old Alexander home)

Can you name or do you have memories of any of the buildings in the picture above?

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4 thoughts on “Help Identify This Picture, Main Street Monongahela PA

    don said:
    October 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I believe building on right is First national bank.Next to it was Pansino cigarette vending repair shop and pinball machine.next to Polaski was Inserra barber shop.

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    [...] taken about 70 years apart looking southeast at the corner of 4th and Main Streets Monongahela. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it would be interesting to identify who built the original buildings and list what businesses [...]

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    tim said:
    December 4, 2010 at 12:05 am

    you know , I think my dad needs to see this picture. he’s 88 now with a still sharp memory. this photo looks to be early 40’s, war years. problem is I’m in Virginia, but will print this enlarged picture and mail it to him.

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    Betsy Coleman Katko said:
    July 18, 2011 at 9:54 am

    The bank that was there when I was growing up was First National bank. I think at some point it became PNB. My uncle Harry Larimer ran the bank and my Aunt Jean Coleman was a teller and then head of the tellers I think.

    I think that down on the corner of 3rd and Main that you can see in the picture was Smaldones Children’s Shop.( the tall lighter colored building.) I’m not sure but I think on top of Smaldone’s was the Grodecour apts.—it may have had a different name.

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