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10 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Recent Chicago Street Sign Sales W. School St.- $181.49 http://www.ebay.com/itm/260835028622?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 W. Nelson St.- $99.00 http://www.ebay.com/itm/320744934010?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 N. Natoma Av.- $102.50 http://www.ebay.com/itm/150652223931?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649&a
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10 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Somebody posted some signs for sale on craigslist and stole the write up I did in this thread about the history of the yellow signs in Chicago. http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/clt/2550433479.html
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Wadya takin over my job Hal? :D That Clart St sign is total BS. There was a buy it now on that sign a few weeks ago for $400.00, which even that was insane nonsense.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Hello Kaimln, yes I am aware that the fountian is now operational again. I took Teddy and his future wife on a tour of Czech Chicago. We spent a couple of hours and didn't even scratch the surface of sites to see! Teddy and Misa took fantastic photos of some of the sites (one of the fountian as it was working), and I was goiong to post them here but the size is to large to add to my photo hosti
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
St. Finbar was on 14th & Harding. Snufy, are you Bohemian? What years did you live there?
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Thanks guys. 222psm, the building does have a couple of additions but they are VERY old and blend in with the rest of the building perfectly. The google maps view is very poor quality, this building needs to be seen in person to really appreciate it.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
This next one is kind of neat. I scanned this 1908 image from the grandson of the man pictured below. Charles C. Shotola was a Chicago Bohemian who opened up a meat and grocery market at 799, current address: 1556 S. St. Louis in North Lawndale. By the 1920s they moved to Cermak Rd. in Cicero where the shop operated until the 1970s or 1980s. The family still owns the building on Cermak and run
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
I wanted to add a couple more North Lawndale images. Here is an image from my collection of William Penn School at 16th & Avers. The building which was constructed in 1907 still stands in amazing original condition. (Click to enlarge images) A little bio on Wm. Penn. Penn, William (1644-1718) William Penn was born in England. Much to the distress of his father, he converted
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
I believe that the building was built in the 1890s and was the tallest building outside of downtown Chicago at the time? Here is a postcard image of it around 1915 when the Wendell State Bank occupied the lower floor. By 1918 the bank had become the Reliance State Bank. I have a very neat and rare ca. 1910 real photo postcard of the building in my collection as well.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
The school was built in the 1870s when the area was still Jefferson Township. When Jefferson Township was annexed to Chicago in 1889 the school was taken over by the Chicago Board of Education and operated as the Kelvyn Grove School until 1911 when it became a branch of Lloyd. The school was closed in 1943.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Dave, I was actually visiting Zap at the prop house.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Artista, here are some more photo's pf the fire.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
222, wow that sucks, I had no idea that that happened. B.A. don't let it get to you. There are quacks on every internet forum. Actually this is the most tame forum I have visited!
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
AMAZING info Waltk. Stuff like this really fascinates me. The whole concept of a family owning their little store/home for over 110 years is just amazing.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
A few more recently sold signs. S. Front Av.- $125.00 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&rt=nc&nma=true&item=200614291710&si=tCu1nenfSzB446D5sjQvPEsMT1M%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT N. Marshfield Av.- $90.00 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&rt=nc&nma=true&item=1506
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
A couple more 1960 images from the City of Chicago sign shop on S. Lawndale Ave.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Another historic North Lawndale building may be lost. The former Beth Jacob Anshe Kroz Jewish synagouge at 15th & Drake burned this past weekend. I don't know if the congregation will have the money to rebuild. http://www.flickr.com/photos/brulelaker/3450482741/in/photostream/ Here is the news story. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8157970
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
While browsing the Forgotten Chicago flickr photo pool, I noticed that the wood block alley behind the Chicago Cardnials house has been paved. Here is the FC thread discussing wood block alleys. http://forgottenchicago.com/articles/wood-block-alleys/ Here are links to "progress," Chicago style. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mss2400/1017367248/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Sold sign update. W. Pratt Av.- $130.00 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&rt=nc&nma=true&item=220784738001&si=m6d%252F9kZNVdH65KTUc4KmzMyaDFU%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT S. Elizabeth St.- $172.50 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&rt=nc&nma=true&item=160588911946&a
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Hal & Tom, I didn't see your responses until now. great info! Hal get a pic of that old street sign from the cop! Here is another 1960 Chicago street sign dept. photo.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Here is a thread where we discussed "Victory Gardens" here on FC. I even posted a few pictures. http://forgottenchicago.com/forum/1/3190/40th_ward_ww2_chicago_victory_gardens____again_
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Season finale was tonight. Awesome show and it is a shame that Fox killed it.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
I agree Hal. Those street signs look like they may be hollow with a cap of some sort on the end? Also look at the 1960 photo. (click to enlarge) You can see two of the old signs on the bottom, W. Huron St. & W. Walnut St., but you can see two of the newer ones, S. Loomis Blvd., that are darker and have the newer mounting bracket on them. That's weird because I thought the green signs came
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
I wanted to post some of the important info that I spent some time gathering from the other thread I mention above in this thread for further refrence. In the 1908-1910 era "street signs" were basically painted letters stenciled onto the poles that were usually on the corners in neighborhoods. During WWII most of the street signs were taken down for metal drives in support of the
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Here is another neat photo I posted a while back in a different thread of troops & police gathered at the 1919 Chicago race riots with a good view of the street signs at 63rd & Racine.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Here is a neat photo ca. 1930 with a good view of the street signs from then at the corner of Ontario & St. Clair. I saved this picture of a neat Chicago "Honor Roll Block" sign that sold a couple of years ago on e-bay for big money.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Neat picture from 1960. I want one of those Keep Chicago Clean signs!
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
I thought this was kind of neat. This is the residence of Dr. Frank Bessler at 2309 S. Millard Ave. ca. 1897. Here is the same house in 2009. Notice that the porto-co is now gone and the side entrance has been bricked over.
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11 years ago
Berwyn Frank
Here is a neat building I have wanted to post about for a while now..... Chicago Bohemian James P. Vrba (pronounced Verb-a) was the proprietor of the Verb Sign Works that painted many signs in Chicago and vicinity back in the day. Here is an ad I scanned from the 1915 Chicago Bohemian Adresář, or directory, of the Verb Sign Works. Here is a 1923 ink blotter from the company from my co
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