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Ducov Mar 29, 2008 6:40 PM

From the National Library of Congress,

Photographs by Jack Delano, 1940's.

Soaring_Higher Mar 31, 2008 2:33 PM

I am very fascinated with old trains and Chicago. Delano's photos really capture it perfectly.

Complex01 Mar 31, 2008 6:26 PM

These pics are just amazing. What a city i have to say. A very awesome thread...


cbotnyse Mar 31, 2008 7:37 PM
^^I think Aero Park is now Midway airport, not sure though.
^^ Jim Colosimo was Chicago first organized crime head. He was murdered by Jim Torio, would brought in Al Capone from NYC to take over.

ethereal_reality Apr 1, 2008 2:57 AM

Here is an aerial view of the Loop in 1938. The dome of the Federal building
(destroyed in the late 1960s) can be seen in the center of the photograph.

...and also the lakefront 1938.

if you see RED Xs for these photos....hit the refresh button. They're quite large.

James2390 Apr 1, 2008 6:49 PM

This is the best thread of all time. It's amazing.

I was going to ask about that domed building (Chicago Federal Building). I've never seen pics of it before. It's a shame they tore it down.

Rusty Staub Apr 2, 2008 1:19 PM

Are those two huge structures (one west and the other northwest of downtown) water tanks or towers? Those things are a couple of hundred feet tall!

Ducov Apr 2, 2008 3:53 PM

^ Gas works I guess.

Aerial skyline shots from this time are always amazing.

Soaring_Higher Apr 2, 2008 5:29 PM


awesome shot

ethereal_reality Apr 2, 2008 6:43 PM

Rusty Staub and Ducov
Here's a photograph of one of the tanks you guys mentioned, taken in 1929.

...and this is the reverse of the photo.

You guys should check out the thread I started under
buildings and architecture:

I think its cool that you noticed such a small detail (the tanks)
in that 1938 aerial shot.

VivaLFuego Apr 2, 2008 6:56 PM


Originally Posted by i_am_hydrogen (Post 3447824)
River North before it was wiped clean in many areas by the scourge of urban renewal (unknown photographer):

I don't think "urban renewal" is what was responsible for River North getting "wiped clean". North of Chicago Avenue was the Cabrini development (indeed urban renewal), but those were some of the worst, most wretched slums in the city. South of Chicago Avenue was really just a victim of changing economic times (less need for the warehouse/factory buildings, more need for parking lots) and overall disinvestment.

ethereal_reality Apr 6, 2008 2:34 PM

Here is a snapshot of the Graf Zeppelin circling downtown Chicago in 1933

ethereal_reality Apr 6, 2008 2:36 PM

oh..and to back up my claim. :)

and this billboard...

this must be the poor guy that painted it (or glued the sheets on).....

kool maudit Apr 8, 2008 6:27 PM

blimps were so clearly the more inelegant solution.

i_am_hydrogen Apr 8, 2008 7:18 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 3466010)
Here is a snapshot of the Graf Zeppelin circling downtown Chicago in 1933

Is that a breadline? j/k...

ethereal_reality Apr 8, 2008 8:18 PM

They were throwing bread from the blimp. It was chaos. ;)

ethereal_reality Apr 8, 2008 8:22 PM

I was just informed it was strudel.

urbanlife Apr 8, 2008 10:52 PM

oh my god!! they need to put the PBR sign back up or ship it to Portland, we consume enough of that stuff to put it to good use here.

Some great finds, Chicago is such an amazing city.

ethereal_reality Apr 10, 2008 2:33 AM

u drink PBR in Portland ? (I love Portland)

ThisSideofSteinway Apr 10, 2008 2:58 PM


Originally Posted by BigKidD (Post 3441064)

What a loss - I'm afraid to ask what replaced it...

Anywho, there is only one real reply to a thread of this caliber.

:banana: :banana: :banana:

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