Light-Up Night Photograph, November 1954 – Need Help With Identification

Light-Up Night, Thanksgiving 1954
Light-Up Night, Thanksgiving 1954

We found this picture down at the Monongahela Historical Society Museum. It’s a photo taken November 1954 of Bill Polaski (with the pole) turning on the power for one of the Christmas decorations on Main Street in Monongahela. We would like your help identifying the other people in the photograph.

Christmas 1954. Click image to enlarge.

I heard that one of the other people in the photograph is Al Ferrara.

There is a really neat story about the locally made Christmas star decorations that used to grace Main Street which I will post sometime around Christmas 2013. So how about emailing this photo to friends who may be able to identify these folks or share it on your Facebook page. Let me know what you find!

4th and Main Streets, Monongahela PA Then and Now


Monongahela City Postcard 1930's
Monongahela City Postcard 1930’s (click picture to enlarge)
4th and Main Streets, Monongahela PA
Corner of 4th and Main Streets, Monongahela PA, October 2011 (click picture to enlarge)

Here are two pictures 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 occupied them over the years. I received some help in a comment from Don who said regarding the earlier picture:

“I believe building on right is First national bank. Next to it was Pansino cigarette vending repair shop and pinball machine. Next to Polaski [news store] was Inserra barber shop.”

Does anybody know of other businesses who occupied the buildings pictured over the years?

(By the way, do you have any old pictures of Monongahela you would like to share? If so email a copy to me and I would be happy to post them here on Lost Monongahela.)