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Old Posted Jan 5, 2011, 10:16 AM
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What a thread this is!
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Old Posted Jan 7, 2011, 12:41 AM
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More people than buildings or streetscapes, but a remarkable collection of midcentury street photography has recently come to light:

http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWEDOnBfDUI

Exhibit begins January 8th at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Wow, amazing and fascinating. Beautiful work... the unknown artist, discovered. Thanks for the post.
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Old Posted Jan 13, 2011, 10:23 PM
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The CTA 2011 calendar mostly focuses on transit shots, but there are some good streetscape shots as well.

http://www.transitchicago.com/assets...l_Calendar.pdf

The January photo is of the Halsted, Blue Island, and Harrison 5-way intersection, formerly a pretty major neighborhood nexus. Everything in the photo is gone, demolished in the late 1950s and early 1960s for expressway construction and the new UIC campus.
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Old Posted Jan 18, 2011, 10:11 AM
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^ Great train pics.

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Hey George - I just caught those scans - good stuff!

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This picture is from the Daily News. If it were published it could very well be the origins of the colloquial use of the term "corn cobs" to describe Marina City...
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I know this is a historical pic thread; but I was wondering when did horses become the minority transportation option versus auto in Chicago; and when were they prohinited as a general transportation mode.

My guess for the first is probably early 30's the second myabe the 1950's??
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Old Posted Feb 8, 2011, 12:17 AM
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What? 1930s? Horses started to die out as the main mode of transportation during ww1 and a little after it.
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Well I have seen photos of horse drawn transportation in Chicago photos that post-dates WWI....I am looking for verifiable evidence ans source not personal hunch.

I am sure some sleuth on here could find when ever Chicago passed on ordinance prohibiting horse drawn transporation as a general mode of transit on city streets
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Old Posted Feb 15, 2011, 10:52 PM
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1923 February 5, at 12:40 p.m. Chicago becomes the first city in the country to have a completely motorized fire department as the last horse drawn fire engine at Engine 11 quarters (10 E. Hubbard) is placed out of service

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...26WLbmb6gSIaCQ
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1923 February 5, at 12:40 p.m. Chicago becomes the first city in the country to have a completely motorized fire department as the last horse drawn fire engine at Engine 11 quarters (10 E. Hubbard) is placed out of service

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...26WLbmb6gSIaCQ
thats interesting thanks
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Old Posted Feb 16, 2011, 3:04 AM
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If it were published it could very well be the origins of the colloquial use of the term "corn cobs" to describe Marina City...
I really don't think people needed a newspaper to tell them that those buildings look like corn cobs. Do you think people were idiots back then?
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a few from this guy...


20031025 36 Grant Park in 1929 by davidwilson1949, on Flickr
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Some Trolleybuses...

63rd & Kedzi 1967


19690300 15 CTA 9471 Kedzie Ave. @ 63rd St. by davidwilson1949, on Flickr

Chicago ave & Paulina st


19670324 34 CTA 9433 Chicago Ave. near Paulina Ave. by davidwilson1949, on Flickr

Belmont & Central ave


19670409 850 CTA 9683 Belmont Ave. @ Central Ave. by davidwilson1949, on Flickr

And Many more on his Photo stream Here
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You all should check his Flickr Stream Out!! He has a lot of Great pics ranging between the Early 60's to mid 80's....


19671020 04 NW from Madison St. & Wacker Drive by davidwilson1949, on Flickr


19700509 10 State St. @ Van Buren St. by davidwilson1949, on Flickr


19780100 27 Madison St. @ Franklin St. by davidwilson1949, on Flickr

what the heck was going on with State Street in '85?


19850919 13 State St. @ Van Buren St. by davidwilson1949, on Flickr


19670409 09 CTA 9577 Grand Ave. near Racine Ave. by davidwilson1949, on Flickr
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^mix of old and old old trains there
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Old Posted Mar 7, 2011, 4:12 AM
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IDOT Chicago Traffic Photographs

I just today learned of an interesting collection now available through the University of Illinois at Chicago, online here. Prior to 1959, Chicago’s boulevards were under the control of the park districts, which had been unified in 1934. Because the boulevards had smooth pavement, prohibited streetcars and teamsters, and had the right-of-way over side streets, they became the city’s preeminent automobile routes.

These photos appear to have been taken to illustrate traffic conditions and improvements, and somehow passed through the stewardship of the state DOT before coming to UIC. Many of them are rather prosaic views of fresh pavement, but some have great views of Chicago in the 1930s.

Looking north on Sheridan from Devon, Sept. 19, 1938. Look how sharply the southbound traffic is cutting the corner!



Looking south on Broadway from the same intersection (Devon/Sheridan). By 1943 the policeman’s box has been replaced by an electric signal. Why must the Broadway streetcar turn west onto Devon here? Because if it continued north it would be on a boulevard, where streetcars were not permitted.



Looking north on Sheridan from Lawrence, May 11, 1937. The Lincoln Park light standards tell us who has control of this roadway. Always a Chicago Motor Coach double-decker and a Walgreens in sight:



Looking east over the intersection of Diversey and Logan Blvd., April 3, 1936. On the site of the Diversey River Bowl is the Showboat Dixiana, which was finally allowed to open here in 1934 after a two-year dispute with city officials about a downtown location. It presented melodramas (with rooftop dancing afterwards). After being dark for two years, the boat moved to Michigan City in 1937 to present “Tobacco Road,” banned in Chicago by Mayor Kelly. She half-sank upon arrival, and two months later the cast gave up when she was rammed by a Naval Reserve boat. Note the STOP BLVD sign at Logan Blvd. Boulevards generally had the right of way over other streets, which led to a movement in the 1910s to designate more crosstown boulevards and in the 1920s for the Plan Commission to make an extensive study of "through streets" that would work the same way.



Looking west on 47th at Lake Park Ave., Aug. 11, 1938. I don’t know what relevance this intersection had to the park district, which never controlled either street. Perhaps the connection is that the fresh tracks in the foreground are the last extension ever built by Chicago Surface Lines, which had opened under the IC viaduct to Burnham Park in Dec. 1937.



Randolph St. looking east toward Michigan Ave., at 5 pm, June 24, 1937. Cottage Grove streetcars looped via Garland Ct. to run back south on Wabash. Those round signs with the painted lines constituted a “safety island,” where patrons boarded streetcars in the middle of the street. Thus the old Chicago ditty "there's no geese on Goose Island and no safety on a safety island."


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^^^ Truly awesome photos Mr. DT
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Wonderful photos! Thanks for posting them Mr. Downtown.
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