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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

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: 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

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 The permit for its travels between Chicago and Lockport was revoked for the drunken rowdiness of its passengers.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

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 - 9:58pm -

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943

Going Alone: 1907
Chicago circa 1907. "Illinois Central Railway station." 8x10 inch dry plate ... in 1974. What were people thinking in the 1970s?! Chicago I would have preferred Wrigley Field, but this is acceptable :-) ... to the Illinois Central, the Cleveland, Cinncinati, Chicago & St. Louis (CCC&StL), the Michigan Central, and the Wisconsin ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/04/2016 - 10:50am -

Going Alone: 1907

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

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

State Street: 1905
"State Street, Chicago, 1905." At the corner of Hustle and Bustle. 8x10 inch dry plate glass ... The Clock" If you planned a rendezvous in downtown Chicago, this is the way it was done. A Marshall Field tradition still today, ... is the Columbus Memorial Building, designed by old-time Chicago architect W. W. Boyington (designer of the famous Chicago Water Tower ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/30/2016 - 12:29pm -

State Street: 1905

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

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 - 8:36pm -

Chicago: 1943

High Life: 1963
October 1963. "John and Sandy Dienhart of Chicago at their Marina City high-rise apartment -- the couple entertaining on ... architect, 1927-1929, now the InterContinental Chicago Hotel); the Tribune Tower (John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, ... the center of the lower border of the picture is the old Chicago Sun-Times (and Daily News) Building, demolished in 2004 to make way for ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/07/2016 - 1:15pm -

High Life: 1963

The Braidwood Bunch: 1904
... Now home to the Braidwood Historical Society. Chicago & Alton Route On the main line 57.3 miles south of Chicago. Also a junction with a spur off of a branch that ran between Joliet ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/06/2016 - 7:04pm -

The Braidwood Bunch: 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

Kitchen Patrol: 1957
Chicago circa 1957, and it looks like somebody's getting written up for Kitchen ... or cost savings. Use of Milnot is not allowed in Chicago - Here's your ticket! You must use standard evaporated milk. No ... I see an empty jar of Ann Page Damson Plum preserves. Chicago blue(s) This lady was not a criminal, but a mere victim. She called ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/19/2015 - 2:22pm -

Kitchen Patrol: 1957

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 - 4:56pm -

Chicago: 1943, 11:35

Tailfin Roulette: 1963
... at base of Marina Towers high-rise apartment building, Chicago." 35mm acetate negative from photos for the Look magazine assignment ... without running, boards. (The Gallery, Cars+Trucks, Chicago, LOOK) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/08/2016 - 5:21pm -

Tailfin Roulette: 1963

Boxcar Brown: 1942
December 1942. "Research laboratory worker at the Chicago & North Western's 40th Street yard, examining paint samples used on ... paint them the same color? (The Gallery, Kodachromes, Chicago, Jack Delano, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/22/2016 - 10:46am -

Boxcar Brown: 1942

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 - 3:42pm -

Randolph Street: 1900

Drink Schlitz: 1900
September 1, 1900. "Chicago River elevators at Chicago, Illinois." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing ... buyers. It all flows downstream The flow of the Chicago River was reversed eight months before this photo was made. Instead of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/09/2016 - 12:13pm -

Drink Schlitz: 1900

Marina City: 1964
Chicago circa 1964. "Marina City." The high-rise apartment towers on the Chicago River, and a compendium of balcony-decorating ideas. View full size. ... now called the Michael Bilandic Building, named after the Chicago mayor best remembered (perhaps unfairly ...) for failing to clean up ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/19/2015 - 4:00pm -

Marina City: 1964

Big & Tall: 1900
September 11, 1900. "Masonic Temple, State Street, Chicago -- Temple Theatre and Central Music Hall." Completed 1892; demolished ... by J. Crocker ). Cable cars and trolley poles? Chicago adamantly prohibited overhead wires over their downtown streets until ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/10/2016 - 3:16am -

Big & Tall: 1900

Back to School: 1950
... dresses for all seasons, in all sizes!! (The Gallery, Chicago, Kids, News Photo Archive, Stores & Markets) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/18/2016 - 8:43pm -

Back to School: 1950

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 - 10:29am -

Burlington Zephyr: 1939

Baby Laurence Ziv
My distant cousin Laurence Ziv; Chicago, 1896. Gorgeous Baby Thanks for sharing this cherub he is ... 
 
Posted by markie1425 - 11/18/2016 - 7:29pm -

Baby Laurence Ziv

True Crime: 1957
Chicago. "1/25/57 Grimes case -- Mrs. Minnie Duros." We'll let the Shorpy ... where Patricia Grimes, 13, and sister Barbara, 15, of Chicago , probably ate their last meal. They stopped at the restaurant after ... for food. The murder, alas, was never solved. Chicago cold case According to various Web articles, the Grimes case, still ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/21/2015 - 11:45am -

True Crime: 1957

Clinton: 1943
March 1943. "Freight operations on the Chicago & North Western between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The train going through Clinton to the yard two ... still exists today. Two depots, three railroads The Chicago & Northwestern passenger depot is the large structure in the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/26/2016 - 5:17pm -

Clinton: 1943

Gloomy Gippers: 1950
... of locker room depression since... Last night with the Chicago Cubs. Really? I'd be depressed too if I had to sit on the floor, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/26/2016 - 2:41pm -

Gloomy Gippers: 1950

Columbus in Chicago: 1911
Chicago circa 1911. "Steamer Christopher Columbus ." 8x10 inch dry plate ... 1892-1893, it was exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and eventually scrapped in 1936. What's Happening? Any ... in 1915 the SS Eastland capsized in while docked in the Chicago River with the loss of over 800 lives, officials subsequently ordered ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/12/2015 - 8:22pm -

Columbus in Chicago: 1911
 
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