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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

A day in commute

A day in commute

Someone needs to write a caption here ...

Real Photo Post Card by C. R. Childs

Yes, this has to be an early image from among the thousands of beautiful real photo cards by Chicago publisher C. R. Childs.

A day in commute

Part of the caption void is easy to fill: the railroad was the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul before it added "Pacific" to the end of its corporate name in a final (and ultimately, fiscally fatal) push across the Northwest to Seattle. The railroad is best known by its shorter nickname, "The Milwaukee Road."

What we're seeing is a local day-train in summer, halted in a small hamlet to pick up or drop off passengers and small express parcels (and probably some U.S. Mail, too). The closest carriage with the boxy sides is a "depot hack" most likely dispatched from the local resort inn or hotel. Depot hacks were the taxicabs of their day and were all over the nation, meeting tens of thousands of local trains per year until replaced by motorized buses or private automobiles after the 1920s.

Long Lake, Illinois, is in aptly named Lake County, about five to six miles west of Waukegan.

From the type of clothing we're seeing here, and the type of railroad coaches seen, I'd wager the date was around 1905-15. The passengers seen are likely out for a picnic or day of boating and rest.

This was probably a commercial photo post card; the 5-digit number in the foreground is a typical image catalogue number.

 
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