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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Good to know, thanks. Is that old ROW part of the bike path now?
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Noticed something today I'd never seen before... On southbound I-57 approaching 107th, there's a green-painted railroad overpass. In the middle of the span, there are two telegraph poles that are held onto the side of the structure by steel cylinders. The wires are long-gone. It's as though the lines couldn't be rerouted or otherwise strung across in a better way when the bridge was cons
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Just speculation, but I would think the Puerto Rican community in Woodlawn would have been centered in its eastern section. For example, the Kimbark Theater, Kimbark & 63rd, was showing Spanish-language movies in the '50s, but I found no evidence that any other of the theaters were.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
PKDickman Wrote: > > This isn't a problem as far as the building is > concerned, just the porches. Yeah, I didn't think the porches were truly connected to the foundation. The building I'm in now has a similar design and the space under the porch is just dirt fill.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Great analysis, PKD. Two questions for you: You mention that the Sanborn doesn't show brick basements. Are these then concrete or were they possibly still fieldstone? What would be considered a shallow basement?
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Photo U527935.jpg is of St. John Church at 18th & Clark, which closed in 1962. The doors of the church faced 18th.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Some more... I'm somewhat surprised that these were unidentified, but Photo U527953.jpg and Photo U527952.jpg are both of the building at 5040 N. Marine Drive (between Winona and Carmen). The building wasn't that old when the photos were taken, maybe two or three years at that point. The building on the far right is the former Admiral Hotel, which has been demolished and replaced by the Admir
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
More... Photo U527946.jpg appears to be taken from the area of Congress looking northeast, maybe near Desplaines. Some of the buildings in the background show up in other photos taken during the expressway construction including what looks to be the CB&QRR building over on Jackson (slightly left of center, far background). Photo U527887.jpg might be South Park Way (King Drive). There
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
In response to the new Announcement post re: unidentified photos: I'll kick this off... The photo of the Philips 66 station was taken looking east on South Shore Drive roughly from Exchange. The South Shore View hotel is on the right. The photo numbered U527859.jpg is also in South Shore, taken looking north on South Shore Drive from about 74th. The South Shore View hotel is on the left
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
So, who among us went, and what did you see?
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Hi and welcome. There was a thread on his 'Red Hot and Blues' show on WOPA on this forum a couple of years back. I think there was a link posted to a website that had a segment of one of his shows, as well.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Clutterqueen - was it called Canary Den by chance? There's a photo of a building on 63rd & Drexel that has an ad for it on the rear wall. Phoenix Hotel, 63rd & Drexel, 1959 by WayOutWardell, on Flickr
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Chistorian51 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Check that last post, I was wrong! This is Great. > http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/pro > vdrs/afford_hous/news/2014/jul/historic-strand-hot > el-proposed-for-conversion-i-nto-affordable-a.html Yep, the Strand Hotel (designed by the same architect as Wrigley Field) was originally part
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
If you Google performers like Ann Perri, Lupita Peruyero or Denise Darnell a number of the Garbo photos come up. Caution, some might be considered NSFW. I just assumed given the subject matter that they'd be located maybe near the State Street burlesque theater area, but, like PK said, they seem to have been a big player - maybe second only to Bruno Of Hollywood. There's a recently-uncovere
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Not sure. There isn't an address on the photos I've seen, only 'Garbo Chicago'.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Does anyone have an address or any info about the Garbo Studio in Chicago? I've come across a number of photographs of burlesque performers with the 'Garbo Chicago' stamp on the corner so I assume that was their stock-in-trade.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
At one point during the '50s, one of the storefronts in this building housed the Archway Lounge, a supper club and show lounge on the northern edge of the 63rd/Cottage Grove entertainment district.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
I've had great luck with both of those. Also, don't forget the Tribune archives, and, depending on what neighborhood you live in, the Defender archives. I discovered some fascinating things about the previous occupants of my house in both of those.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Thanks Wallergirl! I came across a blog run by her son - here's Arlyne in 1963... Arlyne Rothberg, 1963
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
A few years back there was another thread about these same buildings. I don't remember what the title was, unfortunately. I believe the subject was something along the lines of the Grand Avenue Italian community or some such.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
@Chistorian51 - there's a newly-opened coffee shop in a white-and-green glazed brick building on 61st and Eberhart, so it looks like at least a small bit of good news is happening in a neighborhood that really needs it...
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
I checked in the Polks Directory and it didn't seem like there was anything of any note occupying the building even then - grocery store, cigar shop, clothing, etc. Certainly nothing as interesting as the terra cotta would suggest.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
More: This platform was actually patented by Western Electric. Within the text of the patent is more info about the structure. Its height is necessary to minimize interference from ground echoes, and the angled rails mounted on the side of the platform (see photos posted above) are radiation guards to screen ground echoes or interference. It had lamp posts for night-time calibration wor
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Dunning1 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > My father told me a story that might be related to > this. When he had taken us tobogganing in Riis > Park, me mentioned that just before WWII started, > an experimental aircraft crashed into a lagoon > that existed at Riis Park. He told me that whole > park was evacuated, and the whole affair was
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Great photos Dave! IIRC, the time/temperature billboard was once a full-size neon sign for Arrow Sign Company.
Forum: Forgotten Chicago Sightings
7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Can anyone confirm that this thing actually belonged to Western Electric? I can't find any mention of a WE facility there, but this is assuming that the adjacent factory (which later was owned by the printing company of WF Hall) was actually where the radar units were built. Interesting to note that in the 1951 aerial photograph, this ramp appears to be under construction - it looks only half-
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
147. Re: WVON
There are recordings of the old WVON for sale at various websites. eBay has a few every so often - it's cool to hear how radio was programmed then.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
For houses that had both electric and gas for lighting, there were fixtures which would accommodate both, like this: Gas/Electric 2+2 Combo Fixture The upward fixtures were the gas ones, the downward fixtures were electric. Keep in mind that electric lights of that era were still very dim due to the limitations of the carbon-filament bulb (the tungsten-filament bulb, which was brighter, w
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
The '28 Polks Directory has it listed as an apartment building, the Ogden Lane.
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7 years ago
WayOutWardell
Just to update: The Zook-designed service station was at 2380 River Road in Des Plaines (NW corner of Touhy and River). It apparently survived into the '70s and was known as Zook's Mobil.
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