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)