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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

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 The permit for its travels between Chicago and Lockport was revoked for the drunken rowdiness of its passengers.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

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

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

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 - 1:05pm -

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 - 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

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

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

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

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

Michigan Avenue: 1918
Chicago circa 1918. "Michigan Avenue -- Blackstone Hotel and Grant Park." 8x10 ... These 50's replacements are still in use in most areas in Chicago proper. Later use of sodium vapor in the lighting elements, these newer fixtures have contributed to the "Orange-ing" of Chicago which sets the city streets apart from those of the suburbs. Even ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/27/2015 - 10:48am -

Michigan Avenue: 1918

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

Dear Sirs (Colorized): 1902
... for our union local, and had to attend our convention in Chicago. I was taking notes as our president (Clinton) gave an address. A man ... 
 
Posted by Sébastien - 03/26/2016 - 10:39am -

Dear Sirs (Colorized): 1902

Dental Depot: 1905
November 27, 1905. "Chicago -- State Street looking toward Adams." This dental nerve center of the ... make out the one in his right hand being a copy of the Chicago American. But the ones tucked under his arm can't be the "other side" ... in droves. It is a Monday, a busy work and shopping day in Chicago. The next day would see a more typical 42F high, falling to well below ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/24/2016 - 10:33am -

Dental Depot: 1905

Routing the Rails: 1943
April 1943. "Switchman throwing a switch at the Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard, Chicago, Ill." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/15/2016 - 11:40pm -

Routing the Rails: 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 - 3:42pm -

Randolph Street: 1900

Marlene: 1952
... March 1952. "Marlene Dietrich makes her stage debut in Chicago." Color transparency by Phillip Harrington for Look magazine. View ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/12/2016 - 3:25pm -

Marlene: 1952

Overturned: 1921
... the facts in connection with London, New York, Detroit and Chicago? In London, even during the war, they paid over a million dollars a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/12/2011 - 9:15am -

Overturned: 1921

Rambler Biclorama: 1902
... bikes came from the Gormully and Jeffery Mfg. Co. of Chicago. By the time the instant image was snapped, Thomas Jeffery was in his ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2013 - 3:31pm -

Rambler Biclorama: 1902

Harbor Belt: 1943
... operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. The train passes many interlocking towers on the ... has their own priorities. Anyone who has ever worked a Chicago tower will know well what I speak of. Attached is a picture of a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/23/2014 - 6:52pm -

Harbor Belt: 1943

Hygeia Hotel: 1895
... class) while the elusive ship on the right could be the Chicago. At first I thought the one on the left was Olympia, but the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/25/2016 - 11:00am -

Hygeia Hotel: 1895

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

Land Title Trust: 1905
... right of the Annex. Both buildings were the work of the Chicago office of D. H. Burnham & Co. - the first building built in 1897, ... The first building adheres closely to the designs of the Chicago School, and it looks very much like a classicized version of Burnham's ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/30/2012 - 10:09pm -

Land Title Trust: 1905

Santa Fe Elevator: 1915
Chicago circa 1915."The Santa Fe grain elevator, head of the canal." Pantry for ... Link here. (The Gallery, Boats & Bridges, Chicago, DPC, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/19/2016 - 10:10am -

Santa Fe Elevator: 1915

Pencils-n-Pipes: 1954
        UPDATE: Our man in Chicago is Sun-Times copy editor Dave Karno, photographed by Mike Rito. Read ... to be an editor in the tobacco-friendly newsroom of the Chicago Sun-Times. Awaiting his ID from any fellow ink-stained wretches out ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/18/2015 - 11:12am -

Pencils-n-Pipes: 1954

Trucks Akimbo: 1939
... Fourth Avenue The "Freight Station" belonged to the Chicago & North Western Railroad on Fourth Avenue North near First Street. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 8:18pm -

Trucks Akimbo: 1939
 
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