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Thanks. I will take your advice and give it a shot.

I will put it in City Discussions and call it "Little known disasters in your city"
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I found this on ebay the other day.




State and Randolph in 1946.

For those of you not from Chicago. The two story Walgreens you see, was the site of the Masonic Temple Building.
The tallest building in the world from 1890 to 1892.
And the dark building on the right is Marshall Field's, with its world famous clocks.
(there's one at the other end of the block as well)

The towering building is 34 East Wacker Drive, originally known as the Jewelers Building (later the Pure Oil Building).
To prevent muggings, the jewelers could use an auto elevator that lifted cars as high as the 22nd floor.

The huge dome at the top was originally a nightclub called the Stratosphere Club.



Today, the space is the office/showroom of Helmut Jahn.

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The Prudential Building under construction.

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A 1955 postcard with a stylized Prudential Building.
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Nice Finds!

I selected what I thought were the best images from the following Link. About half of the images that I am posting are available at a higher resolution than what I am posting. In this link, there are also some REALLY killer HIGH RESOLUTION old maps of Chicago. ENJOY!

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ca...cago_by_decade

1800's - Chicago Central Depot



1858 - Looking NE from courthouse



1871 - Chicago Fire Aftermath



1892 - Crain's Drugstore



1900-1910 - 12th Street Bridge



1900 - Art Institute



1902 - Grand Crossing



1907 - Wabash Ave.



1911 - Michigan Ave. - My favorite shot in this group!



1921 - Rush Street Swing Bridge



1925 - Lake Michigan



1943 - March



1943 - April



1987 - Clark Street Bridge



1987 - LSD Bridge



1988 - October - Soldier Field


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Old Posted Mar 21, 2009, 2:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Spyguy in the SSC Old Chicago Photographs forum. I thought it would be a nice addition to this collection. The photographs are from David Wilson on Flickr

1968 - Grand Central Station



1968 - Chase Tower Under Construction



1968 - View East from South Clark Street

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CHICAGO 1800's

Most of these dates are unknown. I assume mid to late 1800's

1875 - Chicago Water Works




Chicago Chamber of Commerce



Chicago Chamber of Commerce on Oct 28, 1871



Chicago River



Clark Street Bridge



Gem City Business College on Quincy



Lakestreet East from State



Madison Street West from State



Michigan Southern R.R. Depot



Randolph & Clark



Sherman House



State Street Masonic Temple from Madison



View from Michigan Ave Breakwater



View South from City Hall Dome


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On Page One, I noticed series of images that looked like they were meant to be part of a panoramic. Unfortunately, stitching software didn't exist in the 60's. Almost 50 years later I was able to use my trusty Panorama maker program and put them together!



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FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!!!

Exellent job! Beautiful, especially the second.
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Here is one of the Edgewater Beach Hotel I found on Wikipedia. This is taken from Bryn Mawr and Sheridan looking south. I live about 50 stories above where that building was!
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^^^What's with the strange looking tower on the left.
Did they have diving horses?

The hotel also had a taller tower. Perhaps the photo above pre-dates the second taller building.
So where would the Edgewater Beach Apartments be...to the left of the photographer?

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Just wanted to thank all the people on here who have done so much work to make this a fantastic topic!!!! The pictures are just incredible!
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^^^What's with the strange looking tower on the left.
Did they have diving horses?

The hotel also had a taller tower. Perhaps the photo above pre-dates the second taller building.
So where would the Edgewater Beach Apartments be...to the left of the photographer?
The tower is a radio broadcast tower for a radio station that was based at the hotel.

Yes, Edgewater Beach would be to the left, you can see the fenced in lot in the foreground in front of the tower that is still there today as the garden for Edgewater Beach Apartments...

Also, notice how the street lights in this photo are nearly identical to the ones they put along the paths in the lakefront parks near here...
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Here are a couple from the Carbide and Carbon Building article on Wikipedia:




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This thread pleases me. Kudos to all those who are finding these photos. I think I'm falling in love with Chicago because of them.
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