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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 - 1:26pm -

Chicago Club: 1906

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 - 10:58pm -

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943

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 - 10:20pm -

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 The permit for its travels between Chicago and Lockport was revoked for the drunken rowdiness of its passengers.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 - 11:56am -

Chicago: 1900

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 - 3:22pm -

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 - 2:05pm -

Boston Market: 1909

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 - 9:22pm -

Columbus in Chicago: 1911

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 - 11:48am -

Michigan Avenue: 1918

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 - 7:13pm -

Whiskey Wine Brandy Gin: 1939

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 - 12:45pm -

True Crime: 1957

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 - 12:12pm -

Pencils-n-Pipes: 1954

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 - 4:36pm -

Chicago: 1901

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 - 11:07pm -

Chicago: 1915

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 - 7:23pm -

Chicago: 1920s

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 - 7:56pm -

Southside Easter: 1941

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 - 9:18pm -

Trucks Akimbo: 1939

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 - 9:36pm -

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 - 5:56pm -

Chicago: 1943, 11:35

The Only Way to Fly: 1965
... on 4 pack distribution. As a teenager visiting downtown Chicago I often encountered young women passing out 4 packs of cigarettes to ... first flight My first flight was from San Francisco to Chicago to attend Graduate School. I remember the cigarettes and thought ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 10/06/2015 - 7:42pm -

The Only Way to Fly: 1965

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 - 4:42pm -

Randolph Street: 1900

Zany Puppets: 1955
... one or two in the house in La Grange, 20 miles (?) west of Chicago back then. I was able to use the skates when other sibs were not ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/08/2016 - 8:07pm -

Zany Puppets: 1955

The Onionator: 1965
From Chicago circa 1965 comes this uncaptioned snap of a lady in a kitchen showing ... in California, so far as I am aware. (The Gallery, Chicago, Kitchens etc., News Photo Archive) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/26/2015 - 2:40pm -

The Onionator: 1965

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 - 11:29am -

Burlington Zephyr: 1939

Field of Wheels: 1942
November 1942. Chicago. "Wheels and axles outside the locomotive shops at an Illinois Central ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/04/2016 - 10:54pm -

Field of Wheels: 1942

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 - 5:00pm -

Marina City: 1964

Götterdämmerung: 1942
December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Repair and overhauling in the Chicago & North Western Railroad locomotive shops." Medium-format negative ... is on here someplace. Great Delano exhibit in Chicago going on now Just visited the Jack Delano "Railroaders" exhibit at ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2015 - 1:51pm -

Götterdämmerung: 1942

Medicinal Herbs: c.1928
As New York has its Times Square and Chicago its Magnificent Mile, Wadena Minnesota has the 100 block of S. ... 
 
Posted by chrmer - 01/29/2016 - 9:22pm -

Medicinal Herbs:  c.1928

Dr. and Mrs. Lurie: 1953
... start a better life. He became a dentist and practiced in Chicago in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Later the family moved to Albany ... 
 
Posted by here in van nuys - 01/22/2016 - 8:24pm -

Dr. and Mrs. Lurie: 1953

Theatorium: 1907
Chicago, 1907. "State Street south from Lake Street." At left, the Masonic ... across the street from the Theatorium is where the Chicago Theater stands. Trolley Car Drafting Couldn't help noticing ... you eat, the more you want! - tterrace] View from Chicago 1) Beautiful picture. 2) Happily, quite a bit of this real ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 1:58pm -

Theatorium: 1907

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 - 12:09pm -

Changing Chicago: 1910
 
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