I Used to Work There!

Isaly's Deli

Isaly’s Deli

My first full-time job was day cook at Isaly’s Deli on Main Street in Carnegie. It’s gone now, as are most of the buildings in this photo—except these aren’t the actual buildings. This is a small portion of a scale model of Carnegie’s Main Street created over decades by Carnegie native Walter Stasik at the Historical Society of Carnegie.

Main Street rooftops.

Main Street rooftops.

In “improvements” in the 1970s Carnegie lost many of its older buildings and even streets. Some of them were ready to go, but others were still ready to serve. I remember parts of this older town because I saw it when I attended Catholic school, but it’s hard to remember having seen the modern-day Carnegie the rest of my life.

Several blocks of Main Street.

Several blocks of Main Street.

The attention to detail on all the buildings is amazing, all the traditional shop entries, architectural details on the buildings, even the cracks in the sidewalks. A few of the buildings, like the theaters, have roofs to lift off and see the seats and screen inside.

I photographed a few sections of the model that still exist, and I’ll share those when I get photos of them in a close perspective to the model.

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