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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 - 2:26pm -

Chicago Club: 1906

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

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 The permit for its travels between Chicago and Lockport was revoked for the drunken rowdiness of its passengers.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

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

Second Home: 1943
January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The caboose is the conductor's second home. He ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/08/2014 - 2:39pm -

Second Home: 1943

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

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

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: 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

Pensacola Electric: 1908
... Detroit Publishing Co. View full size. "Chicago School" Style In 1989, the Blount Building was listed in A ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/30/2014 - 7:27am -

Pensacola Electric: 1908

The Great Coal Mine: 1901
... display is the carriage call . - tterrace] Chicago Coal mine At the age of 12 or 13 I was traveling with my family out ... we stopped was the museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. They had a replica of an operating coal mine there, as well as the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/18/2014 - 12:38am -

The Great Coal Mine: 1901

101 Broadway Pharmacy: 1957
... I know there was one across from the school I went to in Chicago at the time that had that same kind of goodie rack and one closer to my ... 
 
Posted by Cazzorla - 06/29/2014 - 7:37pm -

101 Broadway Pharmacy: 1957

Scranton: 1900
... boxcar. On the left side of the boxcar are the words "Chicago, Rock Island and" (with "Pacific" being obscured.) The right side of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 8:27pm -

Scranton: 1900

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 ... it could be done. Just no train. (Prints, Kodachromes, Chicago Photos, Jack Delano, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/10/2012 - 10:36pm -

Chicago: 1943

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

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

Gangway for Andy: 1900
Chicago circa 1900. "12th Street bascule bridge." Andy about to overtake A.B. Ward on the Chicago River. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size. ... Bedtime Story Scuffy tows Mary Anne to her new home in Chicago's First Ward. Few hues I don't think it would be much work to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/15/2014 - 11:16am -

Gangway for Andy: 1900

North State St., Chicago: 1949
... of a busy city street. The El in the far distance, the Chicago Theatre marquee in the near distance. The Butler building is now known ... Siskel Film Center, and is a part of the Art Institute of Chicago. A school that coincidentally, my mother was studying at in 1949. ... 
 
Posted by Deborah - 02/28/2014 - 10:31pm -

North State St., Chicago: 1949

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

A Case of the Mondays: 1925
... of the envelopes on her desk reads Oak Flooring Bureau, Chicago. It's hard to say whether the stamps are cancelled, though, so we can't ... down in the in box is from the Oak Flooring Bureau in Chicago. They're authors of "The Story of Oak Floors" (1924), a 24-page ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/25/2014 - 11:00am -

A Case of the Mondays: 1925

Flo and Chuck: 1918
... or factory, or perhaps underground like the tunnels in Chicago. Goldilocks I think the little hippy is way too young to drive ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/19/2012 - 6:36pm -

Flo and Chuck: 1918

Roller Derby Girls: 1950
... I.D. The lady on the right is Annis Jensen of the Chicago Westerners. Not sure about the lady on the left but she looks like ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/07/2007 - 5:10am -

Roller Derby Girls: 1950

Chicago & Alton: 1904
Circa 1904. "Chicago & Alton Railroad shops at Bloomington, Illinois." At left rear, the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/10/2014 - 1:45pm -

Chicago & Alton: 1904

Whistle Stop: 1952
... for Look magazine. View full size. Next Stop, Chicago This is the parking lot for the main office building of Inland Steel in East Chicago, Indiana. The train is westbound to Chicago, Ill., about to cross the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/16/2014 - 10:41pm -

Whistle Stop: 1952

End of the Road: 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 - 07/30/2013 - 12:13pm -

End of the Road: 1964

Leaving Town: 1959
... but given that Hammond is on the border between Gary and Chicago, and that this is the age of the car, the ad on the bus bench could ... 
 
Posted by Cazzorla - 05/27/2014 - 12:33pm -

Leaving Town: 1959

Mad Men: 1959
... that Foote, Cone and Belding had offices in S.F., Chicago, N. Y., etc. but could not remember their clients. DoninVa (another ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 09/29/2011 - 8:24pm -

Mad Men: 1959

Ready for Occupancy May 1904
... (poster partially obscured by the streetcar) opened in Chicago in 1903, and was also made into a movie with Joe E. Brown and Ginger ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 12:11pm -

Ready for Occupancy May 1904
 
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