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Pabst Over Chicago: 1943
... Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago. May 1, 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack ... behind the Pabst sign at the right edge of the sign is the Chicago Tribune building, and across from it (underneath the main part of the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/17/2012 - 11:58pm -

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943

Chicago Club: 1906
Circa 1906. "The Chicago Club, Chicago."A number of spectral pedestrians here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass ... View full size. Built as the Art Institute of Chicago This handsome Richardsonian Romanesque building at the southwest ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/07/2012 - 2:26pm -

Chicago Club: 1906

Chicago: 1956
"Chicago, November 1956." 35mm Kodachrome from the Kermy & Janet archive, ... a set of standard viewing locations for photographing Chicago railroading. This isn't one of them, and is thus valuable. It was probably shot from the train. Chicago experts should be able to fill in the details, and the exact location, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/19/2013 - 11:20pm -

Chicago: 1956

Chicago: 1900
Chicago circa 1900. "12th Street Bascule Bridge." Dinosaurs of the ... for this steamer. The permit for its travels between Chicago and Lockport was revoked for the drunken rowdiness of its passengers. From Proceedings of the Chicago Sanitary District Board of Trustees. June 4, 1902 PRESIDENT ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 12:56pm -

Chicago: 1900

Boston Market: 1909
... full size. 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. CHICAGO DRESSED? what is CHICAGO DRESSED? building on right. Re: CHICAGO DRESSED Read the rest of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 3:05pm -

Boston Market: 1909

Chicago: 1901
Chicago circa 1901. "The lakefront from Illinois Central Station." Panorama of ... Lakeshore Delta If you Google-Maps "901 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60605" you can see that all the Lake Michigan waterfront ... but its steep sloping roof was lopped off long ago. Chicago: 1901 That statue of the soldier is General Logan, the Civil War ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/20/2012 - 5:36pm -

Chicago: 1901

Whiskey Wine Brandy Gin: 1939
... like it. Merely decorative? Whatever, I love it. "Chicago Service" What is it? Blimey! Whiskey, wine, brandy, ... was in business for a while after that job! Chicago Service Does the cafe feature surly waiters? Or is that called "New ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 8:13pm -

Whiskey Wine Brandy Gin: 1939

Chicago: 1920s
... North Clark in the Rogers Park neighborhood of northeast Chicago (Thanks TD for figuring that out). View full size. Gasoline ... and then later in the country, this is the type of Chicago neighborhood that inspired Frank O. King when he created the ... View Larger Map Union Pacific (ex- Chicago & North Western) For true-blue Chicagoans, the three Union ... 
 
Posted by globalpillage - 09/14/2011 - 8:23pm -

Chicago: 1920s

Chicago: 1915
Chicago circa 1915. "Van Buren Street Station. View north along Michigan ... Jackson Drive would become the very start of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles! The next two buildings are today known as the Sante Fe Building and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. And of course the Art Institute overlooks the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2012 - 12:07am -

Chicago: 1915

Southside Easter: 1941
... April 1941. "Negro boys on Easter morning, Southside Chicago." Acetate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Securoty Administration. View ... It's my favorite It's my favorite (Blue Thunder -Chicago) Have these boys ever been recognized? Does anyone know who ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/24/2012 - 8:56pm -

Southside Easter: 1941

Chicago: 1943
Chicago, April 1943. "New York Central diesel switch engine moving freight cars ... be too many railroad or automobile pictures on Shorpy! Chicago north of the river That little brown building to the left is still ... be done. Just no train. (The Gallery, Kodachromes, Chicago, Jack Delano, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/10/2012 - 10:36pm -

Chicago: 1943

Adrianne: 1939
... as the Spear O Ranch Company. Spears arrived at "New Chicago" south of present day Drummond, Montana circa 1871-1873...moved to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/25/2009 - 4:49am -

Adrianne: 1939

They Drive by Night: 1949
Chicago, 1949. "Theater traffic on State Street." 35mm negative by Stanley ... (1949) starring Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal. The Chicago Theatre was built in 1921, is seven stories tall, fills half a city ... Town Wow, this is just how I remember 1950s Chicago! When our family took the train from Buffalo to St. Paul, we had dinner ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/25/2015 - 12:13am -

They Drive by Night: 1949

Chicago: 1943, 11:35
... Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad at Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. ... two blocks away, which would have been the tallest in Chicago if the Great Depression had not resulted in the project's cancellation. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/10/2012 - 6:56pm -

Chicago: 1943, 11:35

Götterdämmerung: 1942
December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Repair and overhauling in the Chicago & North Western Railroad locomotive shops." Medium-format negative ... other direction is on here someplace. (The Gallery, Chicago, Jack Delano, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2015 - 2:51pm -

Götterdämmerung: 1942

Drinking Buddies: 1955
... in the Comments. 4x5 negative from the holdings of a Chicago newspaper morgue. View full size. Bromance Before the term ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/28/2015 - 2:04am -

Drinking Buddies: 1955

The Rifleman: 1960
... baseball player (with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs) and an NBA player (with the Boston Celtics). I'm pretty sure ... at Seton Hall. This particular game was against the Chicago Stags (1946-1950), and it was delayed an hour while a truck was sent to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/08/2014 - 8:40pm -

The Rifleman: 1960

Skillet Dinner: 1950s
... thousands of 4x5 negatives, retired from the archives of Chicago-area newspapers, acquired by Shorpy. Most of these are undated and have ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2015 - 6:16pm -

Skillet Dinner: 1950s

Dearborn Street: 1907
1907. "Dearborn Street, Chicago." With the base of the massive Great Northern Hotel at right. 8x10 inch ... did insist it was a car of some sort. (The Gallery, Chicago, DPC, Stores & Markets, Streetcars) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/08/2015 - 2:00pm -

Dearborn Street: 1907

Randolph Street: 1900
... September 1, 1900. "Randolph Street east from LaSalle, Chicago." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size. ... can't find a hatless noggin in sight. Eternal Life in Chicago The Cook County Democratic Party saw to it that you voted even if ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/20/2012 - 5:42pm -

Randolph Street: 1900

Party Animal: 1956
... from his hidden bottle of Old Overholt. (The Gallery, Chicago, Horses, Kids, Old News, Scary Clowns) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2015 - 2:40pm -

Party Animal: 1956

Crossing Dearborn: 1941
July 1941. Crossing Dearborn Street in Chicago. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. ... Morrow's ad I can find is from 1933. - Dave] Chicago Taxi Strange looking, I have never seen one like that before. ... stops at the lakefront. Hope this helps! Will Chicago Open air taxi? Am I seeing things or does the back seat in the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/06/2011 - 3:39pm -

Crossing Dearborn: 1941

The Pulpit: 1899
... of that being done. Special Train? The engine is a Chicago & North Western S-2 class 4-6-0 built in 1890. As such it was an ... Train followup. Responding to SouthBendModel34--The Chicago & North Western (C&NW)line through Lewiston I believe started ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/13/2015 - 4:29pm -

The Pulpit: 1899

Crack Salesmen: 1936
... an unfortunate skunk on the tracks. Operated by Chicago & Northwestern, Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific, the passenger ... soon outgrew its limited capacity for travel between Chicago and Oakland. It was soon replaced by a much larger train which was ... by sabotage west of Carlin NV in 1939. 39¾ Hours to Chicago! Southern Pacific poster. This was actually taken in Oakland, which ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/20/2015 - 7:34pm -

Crack Salesmen: 1936

Changing Chicago: 1910
Chicago ca. 1910. "Madison Street, Hotel Brevoort & La Salle Opera House." ... A bit hard to sort out the depth, but my resident Chicago expert (my wife!) thinks we are looking at the intersection with ... which still exists. In March 2014, Preservation Chicago, an architectural preservation group that releases an annual list of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2014 - 1:09pm -

Changing Chicago: 1910

Burlington Zephyr: 1939
... back! Zephyresque Today's BNSF commuter trains in Chicago still use corrugated stainless steel coaches and recently have added ... up. Looks like a pig in a prom dress. Denver to Chicago In 1934 in the depths of the depression an earlier version of this ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/10/2010 - 12:29pm -

Burlington Zephyr: 1939

Woodward Avenue: 1917
... is the 1896 Majestic Building, designed by the famous Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. Among other things, Burnham also designed the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/24/2012 - 11:50pm -

Woodward Avenue: 1917

30 Rock: 1933
... in the world that looked like this: New York City and Chicago. One can vicariously put oneself into the shoes of some kid from ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2012 - 12:22am -

30 Rock: 1933

Along the El: 1907
Chicago, Illinois, circa 1907. "Wabash Avenue and elevated tracks." 8x10 inch ... overall appearance. While there has been much change in Chicago over the decades as buildings have been demolished to make way for ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2012 - 12:08am -

Along the El: 1907

Theatorium: 1907
Chicago, 1907. "State Street south from Lake Street." At left, the Masonic ... across the street from the Theatorium is where the Chicago Theater stands. Trolley Car Drafting Couldn't help noticing ... you eat, the more you want! - tterrace] View from Chicago 1) Beautiful picture. 2) Happily, quite a bit of this real ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 2:58pm -

Theatorium: 1907
 
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