The following are Freehold Real Estate advertisements for the Paul Place Plan and the Fourth Ward developments that appeared in the Pittsburgh Press in 1905 and 1907. They give an interesting perspective on Brookline and how the community was viewed at the turn of the 20th century.
Brookline, then part of West Liberty Borough, had traditionally been a rural farming and mining center, sparsely populated due to it's isolation from the bustling metropolitan and industrial centers in of Pittsburgh. The opening of the Mount Washington Transit Tunnel and the establishment of trolley service in the South Hills were the catalyst to an era of dramatic change.
The resident population surged. Housing and commercial development boomed. Brookline became one of the hottest areas in the region for investment opportunities and growth. These advertisements tout Brookline as the ideal place in Pittsburgh to own a home and raise a family. Prime real estate was available and the prices were reasonable. For a $10 downpayment you could reserve a lot in the fastest growing community in Pittsburgh.
Rolling hills, broad avenues, clean air, new homes, paved roads, cement sidewalks, electric street lighting, new sewer and water lines awaited prospective home buyers. This, accompanied with the safe, reliable and speedy trolley service made Brookline Pittsburgh's "15-Minute Suburb."
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In the above advertisement, dated October
20, 1907, there is a short quiz that offered prizes to new homebuyers. There
were three questions asked:
Just for fun, I took the short
quiz using only a pencil and paper, without the aid of a calculator
because none were available in 1907. I also abandoned the present-day
Common Core Math which is too confusing even for a college graduate
like myself. Using my primitive mathematic skills and intuition, I came
up with the following answers:
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