March 28, 2008
Chicago History Caught in the Web
A little Friday link love...
Check out the old postcard views of the Art Institute at the Chicago Postcard Museum. It's part of their "The Art Institute of Chicago: Inside-Out" exhibit. I think my favorite is the card above published about 1900. Yep, that's Michigan Avenue.
Forgotten Chicago focuses their lens on "Disused Fire Stations." This first part of their photolog features pre-1900 stations.
Stumbled on an interesting article pertaining to the raising of the street grade in Chicago beginning in 1855. Titled "The Lifting of Chicago," the piece has some great pictures. What I like best, however, is that the author also has an extensive Source Page.
Reflections of a Newsosaur mourned the passing of a great Chicago newspaper in "So Long Again, Chicago Daily News." The post originally appeared in 2005.
As food prices in the U.S. continue to rise, I was reminded of a John T. McCutcheon cartoon published in The Chicago Daily Tribune during the "red summer" of 1919. It was sarcastically titled, "The Harvest Moon."
So much to read at eCUIP, the digital library project of the Chicago Public Schools / University of Chicago!Click on the Chicago section. Check out the Chicago City Council Proceedings for an intimate look at early petitions, ordinances, communications and other official records. Interesting to read how police and fire protection, public works, schools and taxation originated in Chicago.
And finally, from the Antiques Roadshow comes an appraisal of an 1885 Chicago Opening Day Baseball Program. I won't spoil it for you; read the short transcript.
Have a great weekend!