North Side: The Reading Blacksmith
CAPTION: Col. James Anderson Memorial, also known as Labor or The Reading Blacksmith. NOTES: The monument was a gift of Andrew Carnegie to the people of Allegheny in memory of Col. James Anderson who, according to the inscription, is honored as "founder of free libraries in western Pennsylvania." Anderson "opened his library to working boys and on Saturday afternoons acted as librarian, thus dedicating not only his books, but himself, to the noble work." Mr. Carnegie notes on the bronze plaque of the memorial that he was himself "one of the 'working boys' to whom were thus opened the precious treasures of knowledge and imagination through which youth may ascend." Another photograph of The Reading Blacksmith locates it across from the Market House. A view of the statue in sepia offers somewhat sharper detail. PHOTOGRAPHER: DATE: HEADING: Pittsburgh. Monuments. Reading Blacksmith. #: P1143. From the Collections of the Pennsylvania Department, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.