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A Flickr Trove of Old Chicago Photos

Stumbling across a well-organized archive of pictures of downtown Chicago, Lawndale, Pilsen, and more throughout the decades leads me astray for an afternoon.

While looking for something completely different, I stumbled across a Flickr photostream and subsequently lost my afternoon to it: Joe+Jeanette Archie. There are pictures of all kinds, many of which won’t be of interest to the average viewer, but there are loads of pictures of Chicago from the ’30s through the ’80s. The Lawndale album is spectacular:

Lawndale Chicago
Lawndale Chicago

 

Downtown in the 1940s and ’50s:

Downtown Chicago 1950

 

Downtown in the 1960s:

Downtown Chicago 1960s
Downtown Chicago 1950s

 

Views from the top of the Wrigley Building in 1950:

Wrigley Building Chicago

 

Stock car racing at Soldier Field:

Soldier Field car racing

 

And much more, including pictures from the El, pictures from the Sears Tower in the 1970s, and so forth.

 

Photographs: Joe+Jeanette Archie (CC by 2.0)

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