Looking for Old Photos? Try trolleybuses.net
Date: October 08, 2011 04:12AM
I just joined and noticed a lot of users were asking things like: what did the corner of North and Halsted look like in the 1970's? If you go to http://www.trolleybuses.net/chi/chi.htm you'll find a bunch of photos from every decade of ordinary street scenes that can be fascinating. It may take a bit of work, because some (maybe a lot) of the photos are pretty banal and, of course, they all have big, fat trolley buses that take up half the picture. But what's great is that most of the photographers weren't trying to make perfectly composed historic photos. Instead they were just, for reasons I don't quite understand, methodically taking photos of every trolley bus that ever existed in Chicago, and inadvertently caught snapshots of daily life. (Although every once in a while, you will find photos that are quite beautiful.) As an added bonus, it always includes the exact location and date the photo was taken.