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The old Chicago in photographs

Some examples for how the city looked like at the turn of the century respectivly the beginning of the 20th century:

1906 - Milwaukee Avenue: bank building, electric street car, crowded people
1922 - Milwaukee Avenue looking south, cars
1926 - Near North Side: The National Tea Co. store, pedestrians, car
1905 - Aurora Turner Hall bowling lanes
1906 - Aurora Turnverein gymnasts
1919 - Bowling lady [I´m fascinated by her shoes]
1815 - William Krause and daughter in Lakeview [very distinctively dressed]

1906 - Exterior view, dark exposure of a crowd gathered on the sidewalks and the street by the Milwaukee Avenue Bank during a bank failure. An electric street car is visible on the street. The bank was located at 739-47 Milwaukee Avenue (formerly 409-415 Milwaukee Avenue) in the West Town community area of Chicago, Illinois.

1922 - View of Milwaukee Avenue looking south. Some buildings and automobiles are visible along the street

1926 - View of pedestrians walking in front of the National Tea Co. store, located at 1000 North Crosby Street in the Near North Side community area of Chicago, Illinois.

1905 - View of Aurora Turner Hall bowling lanes, with a man leaning on the railing of the balcony over the lanes. Aurora Turner Hall was located at North Milwaukee Avenue and West Huron Street in the Near North Side community area of Chicago, Illinois

1906. Group portrait of Aurora Turn Verein gymnasts, one man in a horizontal position holding onto a gymnastic bar supporting a man also in a horizontal position by a piece of cloth around his neck while other gymnasts look on in a gymnasium in Aurora, Illinois

1919. - Full-length portrait of bowler Goldie Greenwald picking up a bowling ball from a rack of bowling balls, standing on a bowling lane in a bowling alley in Chicago, Illinois. Text on a sign on a wall in the background reads: Bowling, Two games 35 cents; One Game 20 cents, Each Person.


1915 - Portrait of Mrs. Frank Warneke and her father William Krause, standing in front of her house at 854 West Wellington Avenue in the Lakeview community area of Chicago, Illinois. They were watching their ash tree be cut down by house movers so that Saint Sebastian Church could be moved down Wellington Avenue.

All photographs taken from
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpcoop/ichihtml/cdnhome.html (link visited Febr. 15th, 2003)
Chicago Historical Society, Photographs from The Chicago Daily News 1902 -1933.

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