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Madison and State: 1907

Madison and State: 1907

Chicago circa 1907. "Madison and State streets." Merchants trading on this corner include Carson Pirie Scott and Mandel Bros.; also note the Montgomery Ward delivery wagons. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Missing Monkey-Wards

As a diehard huge fan of Montgomery-Wards, I have to say I really miss their stores, their merchandise and their catalogs. My big M.W. upright freezer is 36 years old and still works like a charm, my M.W. large 2-shelf microwave was bought in 1987, 25 yrs. ago and still works perfectly, some of my clothing from M.W. I'm still wearing and their dishes and flatware I use daily. It was one of my favorite stores and I'm not finding any new place as reliable and thrifty.

I hope they're restoring this!

As all the stunning decorative elements are wrapped up, according to the latest Google drive-by:

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I would love to see/feast on that eye candy in person!

re: Montgomery Ward and Co. convoy!

The tower in the background is Montgomery Ward headquarters at 6 North Michigan Avenue.

It's recently been converted to residential condos. There's a 6,200 square foot unit available for $4.5M in case anyone is looking a place.

Window Wallendas

More Shorpy window cleaning derring-do, times two.

Breaker 1-4

Looks like there's a veritable Montgomery Ward and Co. convoy!

Still there, still a department store

A national treasure, Louis Sullivan's Carson Pirie Scott building is still there and has been restored. It even got a replacement cornice during the late 2000s real state boom, but few tenants.

Carson's occupied this building from 1904 to 2007, after first occupying the just as famous Reliance Building a block away. The lower floors are now being renovated for a Target store.

Staff or customers?

What's the deal with the ladies lurking behind the doors at Carson's? Are they weary shoppers or Victorian versions of Wal-Mart Greeters?

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