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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: 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

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

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

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 The permit for its travels between Chicago and Lockport was revoked for the drunken rowdiness of its passengers.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rear Brakeman: 1943
... brakeman, on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Chicago and Chillicothe, Illinois, watching the train from the cupola." Photo ... it comes on automatically when it gets dark outside. Chicago and North Western Line In the King Edward "Invincible" cigar box we ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/02/2014 - 6:48pm -

Rear Brakeman: 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

Union Station: 1943
January 1943. The waiting room of Union Station in Chicago. View full size. Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the ... Philly's 30th Street station and later as a young adult in Chicago's Union Station, I have seen these rays at both depots at certain times ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2012 - 12:09am -

Union Station: 1943

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

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

Nervous and Private Diseases: 1908
Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1908. "Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway station." Really just a glorified ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 7:56pm -

Nervous and Private Diseases: 1908

Columbian Caravels: 1905
... and La Rabida (Sanitarium for Children), Jackson Park, Chicago. Replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria that participated ... around a while. (Prints, Bicycles, Boats & Bridges, Chicago Photos, DPC) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/13/2014 - 12:27pm -

Columbian Caravels: 1905

Back Issue: 1920
... negative. View full size. Stylish Is that the Chicago Manual of Style near the left end? I have a much more recent edition, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/24/2014 - 8:02pm -

Back Issue: 1920

Manley Boy: 1917
... this Shorpy with him this AM. He's a bike messenger in Chicago and has shared it with everyone at work! (Prints, Bicycles, Kids, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/23/2014 - 1:12am -

Manley Boy: 1917

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

House Beautiful: 1959
... president at one time of the Kimball Piano Company out of Chicago. While I couldn't find much on him online, his wife, Wilmot, was a ... two children, and four servants at 1415 Astor Street in Chicago, where he was renting an apartment for $500. That would be somewhere ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/30/2014 - 5:29pm -

House Beautiful: 1959

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

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 Locks: 1908
1908. "The Great Locks, Chicago Drainage Canal, Lockport, Illinois." 8x10 inch dry plate glass ... B. Landreth On my return from Rock Island to Chicago, I visited the controlling works of the Chicago drainage canal at Joliet. The controlling works were built for the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/27/2014 - 2:14pm -

The Great Locks: 1908

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
 
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