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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

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

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 - 06/13/2017 - 12:16pm -

Vacation Wagon: 1964

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 The permit for its travels between Chicago and Lockport was revoked for the drunken rowdiness of its passengers.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

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: 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

Pabst Backward: 1943
... the Illinois Central freight yard at South Water Street, Chicago." Kodachrome by Jack Delano. View full size. "Time NOT ... Thanks, Cliff Shell Fort Myers, FL Memory of Chicago's old front yard I remember the old Pabst sign, I think it is ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/14/2017 - 11:51am -

Pabst Backward: 1943

Stocking-Stuffer: 1922
... I've seen it many times at the Art Institute of Chicago, and I've always wondered where the artist got the idea of making a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/24/2012 - 9:56pm -

Stocking-Stuffer: 1922

War Scrap: 1942
July 1942. "Salvage. Chicago automobile graveyard. Idle scrap: It belongs in the scrap. Covering well over an acre, this automobile graveyard in Chicago holds tons of vital scrap metal and rubber for which Uncle Sam has ... and drooling. (The Gallery, Ann Rosener, Cars+Trucks, Chicago, WW2) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/02/2017 - 12:44pm -

War Scrap: 1942

Chicago Beach: 1900
The Windy City circa 1900. "Chicago Beach Hotel, Hyde Park Boulevard." On the Lake Michigan Riviera. 8x10 ... as this article from the May 5, 1908 issue of The Chicago Daily Tribune attests: Fire escape I recognized the fire ... school in 1958 or 1959, after that awful school fire in Chicago at Our Lady of the Angels. It made two on the second floor of our 1888 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/25/2017 - 8:01pm -

Chicago Beach: 1900

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

A Bird in the Pan: 1943
January 1943. "Chicago, Illinois. In the kitchen of one of the Fred Harvey restaurants at ... it's a shell of what it used to be. (The Gallery, Chicago, Jack Delano, Kitchens etc., Restaurants) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/22/2017 - 1:40pm -

A Bird in the Pan: 1943

Strange Fourth: 1955
... down memory lane. I just moved from Santa Rosa to Chicago and I have fond memories myself. On the sand? When I was a kid, ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 11/27/2017 - 1:29pm -

Strange Fourth: 1955

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: 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

Deathtrap: 1917
... portrayal of Mrs. O'Leary in the disaster flick "In Old Chicago" (1937). Biltmore Street I currently live on the 1900 block of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/13/2017 - 10:57am -

Deathtrap: 1917

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

Milwaukee of Buffalo: 1910
... freighters. This Milwaukee was built in 1902 by the Chicago Ship Building Company. (The Gallery, Boats & Bridges, Buffalo, DPC) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/09/2017 - 1:40pm -

Milwaukee of Buffalo: 1910

Aunt Viola: 1899
Aunt Viola 1899. Chicago photography studio. [Your aunt? Great-aunt? Or what? -tterrace] ... 
 
Posted by ThoxSpuddy - 11/17/2017 - 11:58pm -

Aunt Viola: 1899

Dearborn Street Station: 1910
Chicago circa 1910. "Dearborn Street Station." Streetcar wires and a small ... made into shops in the center of the Printer's Row area of Chicago. We were there this summer for the Printer's Row Book Fair. ... the very important East end of the Santa Fe as well as the Chicago terminal for the Chicago & Eastern Illinois, Monon, Erie, Grand ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/20/2012 - 3:44pm -

Dearborn Street Station: 1910

Made in America: 1942
June 1942. Chicago, Illinois. "Manpower. Americans all. His war job with Pressed Steel ... was no air conditioning! (The Gallery, Ann Rosener, Chicago, Kitchens etc., WW2) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/03/2017 - 12:11pm -

Made in America: 1942

Clinton Square: 1905
... styles in rapid succession; in 1886 he moved his office to Chicago where he designed many Shingle Style houses and became the first ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/30/2012 - 4:36pm -

Clinton Square: 1905

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

A Second Helping: 1942
June 1942. Meanwhile, back in Chicago, we return to the Kassalo family kitchen for a another helping of " ... HoneyWheat Bread. - Dave] (The Gallery, Ann Rosener, Chicago, Kitchens etc., WW2) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/03/2017 - 12:26pm -

A Second Helping: 1942

Chicago Fog: 1942
December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. An unusually heavy fog in the early afternoon." Photo by ... superliner RMS Queen Mary , launched in 1936. The Chicago Motor Coach Company had 100 of the Series 2 that were built in 1936, ... shown in New York, it kept the No. 104 but was relettered "Chicago Motor Coach." It stayed with Chicago and then was sold to Coast City ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/13/2017 - 1:03pm -

Chicago Fog: 1942

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

Under the El: 1940
... July 1940. Another view under the elevated tracks in Chicago. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm ... Potthast's restaurant was at 4 West Van Buren, per a 1933 Chicago Tribune article about Loop taverns reopening in the wake of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/09/2011 - 10:51am -

Under the El: 1940

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

Aerial Omaha: 1938
... of its completion in 1912 the tallest building between Chicago and the West Coast. - Dave] No Apartments Available The three ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2017 - 9:05pm -

Aerial Omaha: 1938
 
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