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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Wabash Avenue El: 1907

Wabash Avenue El: 1907

From 1907, a bird's-eye view of Wabash Avenue in Chicago, showing the celebrated "El," or elevated railway, as well as a number of piano manufacturers and the National Casket Company. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

To-day

The buildings on the right no longer exist - CNA Insurance is there now (44 story red building - pretty easy to pick out in a current day skyline picture of Chicago). To the left of the tracks is now a parking lot.

Piano Row - Chicago

This is looking north on Wabash Avenue at Van Buren Street. This section of Wabash was known for its wealth of shops that sold musical instruments, such as pianos, and sheet music.

The last of the piano and music vendors, the Lyon~Healy Company, was purchased by De Paul University for the expansion of its downtown campus, maybe 20 years ago.

Reprint?

I'm trying to get a reprint of this pic from the detroit publishing co. but the original has a large black spot on the lower left corner. How did you manage to get this pic w/o the spot? And how can I get a reprint like yours?

[Click on one of the Juniper Gallery links under the caption. - Dave]

More pics from Chicagoland Area?

Hello,

I live in a neighborhood called Jefferson Park in the city of Chicago. Is there any pics from my area available do you think? Please contact me if you do come across any.

Thanks,
WOLF

 
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