To all his esteemed readers and correspondents, Father Pitt sends greetings. Out of his unbounded love for the city that bears his name, Father Pitt dedicates this publication to all lovers of beauty and liberty; and, in particular, to the citizens of Pittsburgh, that they may learn to love as he does the beauty that surrounds them and the liberty they enjoy.
“Father Pitt” or “old Pa Pitt” was the universal personification of Pittsburgh for all editorial cartoonists a century ago. The last cartoonist to draw him regularly was Cy Hungerford, who drew the cartoons for the Post-Gazette for fifty years from 1927 to 1977. Father Pitt was always depicted as a gentleman in eighteenth-century garb. For this site, Father Pitt has chosen the depiction by Canfield of the Sun.
Father Pitt has decided to release all his pictures into the public domain with a CC0 public-domain dedication. That means you can use them for any purpose without asking permission, but you can’t hold poor old Pa Pitt responsible for the results. It’s nice to credit “Father Pitt,” but it’s not required. Father Pitt would rather spend his time taking more pictures than trying to enforce copyrights, and he is delighted if the pictures he has already taken are useful.
The tag line “Why should the beautiful die?” comes from a song by Stephen Foster, Pittsburgh’s most famous songwriter: “Ah, May the Red Rose Live Alway.”