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Friday, March 7, 2014

The Corner of State and Madison in 1976

State Street at Madison Street in 1976

Looking north from the southeast corner of State and Madison in the summer of 1976. Posted on Flickr by UIC Digital Collections. If you look at the full size version of the photo, you can see by the clock on the Marshall Field's building that it was taken around 12:55 pm.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Chicago Stock Exchange Building in 1962

The Chicago Stock Exchange Building in 1962

A 1962 C. William Brubaker photo of the Chicago Stock Exchange Building, located at 30 North LaSalle Street until its demolition in 1972. Posted on Flickr by UIC Digital Collections.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A 1973 Shedd Aquarium Commercial



A 1973 commercial for the Shedd Aquarium, featuring the Caribbean Reef.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Chicago Skyline in 1968

Chicago in 1968

A beautiful photo of Chicago, with the Halsted Street Interchange of highways 290 and 90/94 in the foreground, posted on the National Geographic's Tumbler page.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Chicago Alley in 1940

1940 photograph of a Chicago alley

A 1940 John Vachon photograph, taken for the Farm Security Administration's photography program. You can download a free high-resolution version of this photo from the Library of Congress.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wrigley Field in 1947

Wrigley Field in 1947

An AP photo of the 1947 All-Star game, posted on Flickr by Matt Charoenrath. No rooftop bleachers yet, but if you look at the largest size of the photo, you can see plenty of folks watching the game from buildings on West Waveland Avenue.

The apartment building on the far left, where people are sitting on the ledge of the roof, is still standing at 1040 West Waveland Avenue. According to Jim McArdle's "Living the Dream: An Inside Account of the 2008 Cubs Season," it's the only building on Waveland or Sheffield that doesn't have bleachers and/or advertising, as you can see by the current street view of the building.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Red Grange of the Chicago Bears in the 1930s

Red Grange of the Chicago Bears

Harold "Red" Grange eludes a tackle attempt by Joe Zeller during a Chicago Bears practice. According the Library of Congress details for this photo, it was taken in 1935, but it is likely from an earlier year, as Grange ended his playing career after the 1934 season. You can download a free high-resolution version of this photo from the Library of Congress.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King in Chicago

Martin Luther King, Jr. at Chicago Freedom Movement Rally, Soldier Field

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Chicago Freedom Movement Rally, Soldier Field, on July 10, 1966. Posted on Flickr by UIC Digital Collections.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lincoln Park Zoo in 1961

Lincoln Park Zoo in 1961

A photo of Lincoln Park Zoo in 1961, posted on Flickr by Jordan Smith.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Governor Dan Walker Works the Crowd in 1973

Illinois Governor Dan Walker Greets Chicago Constituents During The Bud Billiken Day Parade in 1973

Governor Dan Walker works the crowd during the 1973 Bud Billiken Day Parade. Posted on Flickr by the U.S. National Archives.

Walker, who clashed with Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, served one term and was defeated in the 1976 Democratic primary by Michael Howlett, who lost the general election to James R. Thompson. In 1987, Walker was convicted on bank fraud charges and sentenced to seven years in prison. He served 18 months before being released. Though unlike three other Illinois governors convicted on federal charges (Otto Kerner, Jr., George Ryan, and Rod Blagojevich) his crimes were unrelated to his public service.

As a young child, I had a very brief encounter with Governor Walker at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. A very inebriated man stumbled out of a beer tent and came over to us and tried to shake my father's hand before he was hustled away by his aides. I was confused and asked my father who the man was, and he told me "that's the Governor of Illinois."

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