The Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Press have been covering politics for many many many years, and so have their photographers. The P-G's main conference room at the offices here on the Boulevard of the Allies is filled with iconic Pittsburgh images, and one wall pairs Andy Warhol with legendary Pittsburgh Mayor David Lawrence.

The PG's Mila Sanina and Steve Mellon, with assistance from intern Liz Bloom -- have launched a new archival site called The Digs and it currently has three political shots on its Tumblr homepage. One, with audio from P-G editor David Shribman, details a visit from JFK in October 1962, just a few days before the Cuban missle crisis (and following a parade route Nikita Khrushchev took on an earlier trip to the city). The two others are below:

Sophie Masloff

July 2, 1989: Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff waves goodbye to residents of the Garfield Senior High Rise after hearing tenant complaints. Ms. Masloff brought a unique sense of style to the mayor's office when she ascended to the post in 1988. Who couldn't love a grandmotherly politician who proudly spoke "Pittsburghese" in a voice that sometimes morphed into a hair-raising screech (remember her imitation of Mike Lange's "Scratch my back with a hacksaw" during a 1992 Pens rally?) and once mistakenly referred to the legendary rock musician Bruce Springsteen as "Bruce Bedsprings?"

For all her folksy, unpolished charm, though, Ms. Masloff was a determined civic leader. She was elected to city council in a 1976 special election, and was reelected three times. When the city's popular mayor, Richard Caligiuri, died in 1988, Ms. Masloff was 70 years old and serving as council president — a post that put her in line to assume the city's top office. Ms. Masloff became Pittsburgh's first female and first Jewish mayor. She was elected to a full term in 1989 but four years later decided against seeking another term and retired to her home in Squirrel Hill.

(Photo by Melissa Farlow, Pittsburgh Press)

— Steve Mellon

John Heinz, Ronald Reagan

Oct. 31, 1980: Ronald Reagan and his campaign strategists identified Pennsylvania — particularly its western half — "as a determinant of whether Reagan ends up the hero or the anti-hero of the 1980 presidential campaign." On Oct. 31, four days before the election, then-California Gov. Reagan brought his campaign against incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter to Pittsburgh.

On that day, Reagan met with labor leaders in the William Penn Hotel and spoke at a Station Square rally on the South Side. Reagan was accompanied by Sens. John Heinz and Richard Schweiker. (Schweiker later served as Secretary of Health and Human Services in Reagan's administration).

The Post-Gazette wrote about the rally: "Upon entering the Grand Concourse and clutching the hands of Sens. Schweiker and Heinz, arms upraised in anticipation of victory, the 69-year-old candidate looked understandably tired. He seemed to take no notice of the sumptuously refurbished P&LE Railroad station, despite the explanatory pointings and whisperings of Heinz."

On Nov. 4, 1980, Ronald Reagan won the presidential election in a landslide.

(Photo by James Klingensmith, Post-Gazette)

— Mila Sanina

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