Although the top picture is postmarked August 1912, the original photograph was probably made several years earlier. It’s interesting to compare the difference 100 years makes. Most obvious is the loss of the steeples to the church, and replacement of those terrific porches on the church rectory to the right.
Notice too the complete disappearance of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church right next door! It’s funny because the Bethel A.M.E. Church was built in 1871, and the Transfiguration Parish church building wasn’t dedicated until February 23, 1908. It does make for a prettier picture with parkland in the distance though.
Here is a scan of the reverse of the post card shown above:
Above is the illustration of Transfiguration Parish Church you will find in The Historical Magazine of Monongahela’s Old Home Coming Week. Sept. 6-13, 1908. (click to read more about the history of Transfiguration Parish) I am assuming that a photograph of the completed church wasn’t available at the time the book was printed.
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