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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Coverage of Chicago in Life Magazine

Life Magazine cover of 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention
Google Books has every issue of Life Magazine from November 1936 to December 1972 scanned and available for online viewing (though you can't download articles or print them). A search for Chicago turns up dozens of vintage Chicago photos and news stories.

Some of the highlights include: The Chicago blizzard of January 1967 (24 inches of snow in 29 hours), a 1954 piece on the construction of the Prudential Life Insurance Building, a 1969 feature on the John Hancock Center ("making passé the notion that one has to visit New York to see skyscrapers"), and coverage of Chicago's 1968 Democratic Convention.

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