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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Stairs to the Chicago El in 1941

1941 John Vachon photograph of the stairs to the Chicago El

In the "El" vs. "L" debate, I've always favored the former as the shortened name for Chicago's elevated train system. But in this July, 1941 photo by John Vachon, the poster advertisement for the Brookfield Zoo uses the latter. You can download a free high-resolution version of this photo from the Library of Congress.

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