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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 - 12:26pm -

Chicago Club: 1906

Chicago Bound: 1960
... sunny Saturday afternoon at the Lake Bluff stop of the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee interurban railroad. The North Shore was one ... train for a weekend of fun and relaxation in downtown Chicago. The attentive motorman is keeping an eye on the conductor for the ... 
 
Posted by prrvet - 03/28/2018 - 8:33pm -

Chicago Bound: 1960

Vacation Wagon: 1964
... highways, no air conditioner, 4½ hours to get through Chicago and the kids loved it. Took these trips out west to the 1970s. We still ... piece of equipment from South Texas to a parking lot near Chicago, where we would deliver it to his customer from Wisconsin. We quickly ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/30/2018 - 12:29pm -

Vacation Wagon: 1964

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943
... Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size. ... 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 - 05/07/2017 - 2:11pm -

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943

Mr. Magazine: 1908
... for nearly ten years. Why is he gracing the cover of the Chicago Tribune? [His uncanny impersonation of William Howard Taft. - ... Thank you. Taft of Ohio, Not Cleveland The Chicago Tribune cover is graced by the future president, William Howard Taft. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 3:46pm -

Mr. Magazine: 1908

The Fab Five: 1922
... that was hardening her legs, was getting married in Chicago to one Theron Warren. Her first husband, Gerald Swinnerton, deserted ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/06/2018 - 10:19pm -

The Fab Five: 1922

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 The permit for its travels between Chicago and Lockport was revoked for the drunken rowdiness of its passengers.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 - 10:56am -

Chicago: 1900

Chicago Christmas: 1956
... Christmas. He was about 8 here. Kodachrome slide taken in Chicago in 1956. View full size. Your photo and story in a magazine ... 
 
Posted by polishprinsezz - 09/16/2011 - 1:52pm -

Chicago Christmas: 1956

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 - 9:20pm -

Chicago: 1956

Three Indians: 1915
... across county is via New York, Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, Davenport, Des Moines, Omaha, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, Reno and ... of rains and bad roads. By the time the riders reached Chicago they were 12 hours behind schedule. Some time was made up on the way to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/06/2013 - 11:57am -

Three Indians: 1915

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 - 07/30/2012 - 10:07pm -

Chicago: 1915

Uncle Don's Basement Bar
... Sip? Uncle Don is holding Atlas Prager beer, made in Chicago until 1962. The sign behind him advertises Drewry's beer, which was ... 
 
Posted by delworthio - 06/25/2018 - 11:17pm -

Uncle Don's Basement Bar

40th Street Shops: 1942
... 1942. "Working on a locomotive at the 40th Street Shops, Chicago & North Western R.R." Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. ... the B&O came from. (The Gallery, Kodachromes, Chicago, Jack Delano, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/16/2017 - 11:43am -

40th Street Shops: 1942

Boston Market: 1909
... negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size. CHICAGO DRESSED? what is CHICAGO DRESSED? building on right. Re: CHICAGO DRESSED Read the rest of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/06/2016 - 4:51pm -

Boston Market: 1909

Silver Eagle: 1934
... air My parents have told me that when the wind around Chicago and Northwest Indiana (steel country) didn't blow, the sky turned ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/11/2018 - 10:52am -

Silver Eagle: 1934

The Claypool: 1904
... the direct Pence line of the VP's family were based in Chicago, and earlier Iowa and Ohio. The Pence (Bentz) family traces back to at ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/15/2018 - 5:02pm -

The Claypool: 1904

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 - 3:36pm -

Chicago: 1901

Action Comics: 1940
... popcorn machine at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Scientific American reported: "This machine ... was designed ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/18/2018 - 1:20am -

Action Comics: 1940

Beach Style Parade: 1922
... the 1940s, she reappeared in various daily newspapers as "Chicago's Stone Woman," a reference to a disabling affliction that caused some ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/06/2018 - 10:20pm -

Beach Style Parade: 1922

Jerry Lewis in Chicago: 194x
... performed often at the Chez Paree night club in downtown Chicago. He and my dad Mel soon became good friends. One day in 1946 Jerry ... 
 
Posted by Shutan.com - 03/09/2018 - 7:32pm -

Jerry Lewis in Chicago: 194x

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 - 6:13pm -

Whiskey Wine Brandy Gin: 1939

The Information Room: 1943
... January 1943. "Information room at the Union Station, Chicago." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War ... Very busy and profitable at one time. (The Gallery, Chicago, Jack Delano, Railroads, The Office) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/27/2013 - 12:55pm -

The Information Room: 1943

South Dakota Division: 1899
... "Tracy, Minnesota -- engine of the South Dakota division, Chicago & North-Western R.R." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/27/2018 - 5:40pm -

South Dakota Division: 1899

The Junkman Cometh: 1942
October 1942. Chicago, Illinois. "Salvage. To feed the nation's munitions furnaces, tons of ... IS OVER! THE WAR IS OVER!" (The Gallery, Ann Rosener, Chicago, WW2) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/10/2018 - 11:01pm -

The Junkman Cometh: 1942

North by Northwest: 1899
... circa 1899. "Engine of the South Dakota division, Chicago & North Western Ry." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/27/2018 - 5:36pm -

North by Northwest: 1899

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 - 6:23pm -

Chicago: 1920s

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 - 6:56pm -

Southside Easter: 1941

40th Street Shops: 1942
... 1942. "Working on the cylinder of a locomotive at the Chicago & North Western R.R. 40th Street shops, Chicago, Illinois." Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/31/2018 - 12:41pm -

40th Street Shops: 1942

Texas Turkeys: 1939
... of the year they hired a whole boxcar and sent them off to Chicago. The boxcar was shunted off to a siding somewhere along the way, the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/18/2018 - 8:45pm -

Texas Turkeys: 1939

Departures: 1912
Chicago circa 1912. "Emigrants' room, Chicago & North Western Railway station." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit ... this C. & N.W. station. -tterrace] (The Gallery, Chicago, DPC, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/23/2018 - 12:02pm -

Departures: 1912
 
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