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Park-Vista: 1941

Park-Vista: 1941

April 1941. "Kitchenette apartments on South Parkway, Chicago, Illinois. These are rented to Negroes." Medium format negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Real Estate Magic Descriptions

David Brinkley wrote about some apartments he was looking at in Georgetown, DC. They were called the Gulfview Apartments.

Mr. Brinkley asked his realtor, "How can they be called that if we're thousands of miles from the Gulf of Mexico or any other gulf?"

The realtor responded,"Look out this window." There was a Gulf station on the street below the apartment.


Upscale way of saying "small kitchen". The Ryan Homes salespeople called the small kitchen in my house a "step-saver" kitchen. Less walking to sink, stove, and refrigerator.

I bought a starter (low-cost) home in 1983. Now someone calls or sends me a letter wanting to buy my house about 6 days a week.

Shorpy Vehicle Identification Imperative

1937 Chevrolet two-door sedan and an ultra cool 1937 LaSalle four-door sedan with a custom "Landau" top. Parked in front of such a beautiful building. What a great place to hang out, on those balconies! Those second floor dudes be lovin' it, for sure. A shame it had to come down.

Renamed and demolished

On a hunch I figured south parkway became MLK drive, and this website confirms

"Grand Boulevard changed 1923 to South Park Avenue, changed 15 April 1940, 24 September 1940 and 8 October 1940 to South Parkway, changed 31 July 1968 to Martin Luther King Drive"

The building next door is still there.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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