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Federal Yeast: 1941

Federal Yeast: 1941

Chicago street scene, April 1941. Papers littering the sidewalk are "policy slips." ["Policy" was a lottery gambling system once common in some black communities.] View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam.

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State Street

According to a Tribune mention from 1942 this was 4349 South State Street. Paper mentions they received two truck tires -- it was a list of who got rationed tires. Appears to be an empty lot now.

Policy Racket

I believe this was called "Numbers racket" back east, and run by the Mafia.

Federal Yeast…

…was acquired by Universal Foods Corp. in 1981, and rolled into its Red Star Yeast division. After Universal Foods changed its name to Sensient Technologies in 2000, its yeast operations were sold to a Paris-based company, Lesaffre et Compagnie, in 2001, which still sells Red Star Yeast. So in a roundabout sort of way, this company is still around.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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