Here are some awesome negatives that came right out of 2024 W. Warren Blvd., purchased by frworksonpaper.
The first one is standing right in front of the house looking west on Warren in the mid 1950s. Note that you can see the interesting "lattice" or whatever that funky front porch wood design is on the house next door at 2028. Everything in this view is now sadly gone.
The last one features Mr. Bailey's 56 Chevy parked on a street which I think may be Madison St. A couple of businesses in the back ground are Keller's Corset Studio, Madison(?) Luggage, and on the corner, The People's Gas Light and Coke Company.
Frank, you're right; the last photo was taken on Madison, at Keeler, viewed looking east. The Keller Corset shop at 4153 Madison and the building one door east are still standing - the corset shop is now a Jackson-Hewitt, according to the Google Street View.
The son of the Keller Corset company founders was Sheldon Keller, a comedy writer who worked with Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
Wow! Wardell, I didn't even notice your post! Great info, I knew it had to be somewhere around Madison & Pulaski with the photo showing such a vibrant shopping district!
frworksonpaper, awesome ghost sign as well!
On a sad note it's such a shame what's happened to that area. I will have to show this phto to my father who was living right there at this exact time. His family lived at 4054 W. Adams right up the street. [url=http://forgottenchicago.com/forum/1/3084/page=7/_subject_]I documented in another thread[/url] how the building he grew up in lasted until 2009 when it was torn down after a devastating fire.
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Berwyn Frank Wrote:
> Mornac, the U.S. Marine hospital was located at
> 4141 North Clarendon Avenue, Chicago. Here is a
> circa 1908 image of it from the collection of
> poster frworksonpaper.
I just have one question. Why or why when I lived in Chicago did I never find any super cool and historic house estate sales???? I was practically in a tithy looking at the pictures. Thanks to all that posted!!
Berwyn Frank, do you have a "secret in" for the estate sales? Or do you just check out estate sale finders online?
Brookish, no "secret ins," heads up, secret handshakes, or anything like that. I just keep an eye out at advertisements, word of mouth, etc. The real "heads up" I got about this sale was when I was looking, and the address was finally posted, I said "hmmmmm." I NEVER see estate sales in the impoverished neighborhoods on Chicago's south and west sides, and when I do they are usually nothing interesting. I then did my usual "estate sale investigation" of checking tax records, property photos, looking up obituaries, and if it's in Berwyn and Cicero, I look back through my old city directories to gauge how long the people have been living there. If it's interesting, I attend. You have to sift though a lot of crap to get to the good ones. This was one of the good ones.
The other cool thing is having a place like this to tell people about it and get the "urban explorer" juices of others flowing!
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This is completely off topic, but I have to ask. In the picture of the '56 Chevrolet on Madison St, the street lights in the background are the very old ones, probably the earliest ones that I remember. I am puzzled because I swear that on the south side, Back of the Yards area we had the "modern" vapor lights that were over the middle of the street before 1956. Like most other neighborhoods for those of us in grammar school the street lights were the signal to get in the house, I graduated from grammar school in 1955 and I am sure those lights were in place for several years before that.
Skid row went further west than Halstead. There were still bars west of Halstead that catered to the skid row demographic. I worked as far away as 1033 West Van Buren at Philmaid Lingerie and we would have to shag winos off the loading doc in the morning. There was industry further west but certainly skid row denizens too.