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  • Post Office pneumatic tube system
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "End of the big pneumatic tube system in the basement of the Chicago Post Office." From text: "The underground pneumatic tube system is the largest of the kind in the world. There are three double-tube trunk lines, aggregating over eighteen miles of eight-inch cast iron pipe. Of these lines the stockyards branch is the longest, the station being six and one-half ...
  • Railway mail car
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Distributing the mail en route."
  • Underground freight system
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Loaded freight train at street intersection". From text: "Chicago's great subway, or underground freight railroad, is now ready for operation. It is the most complete and extensive of any tunnel system in the world. … Every street in the down-town district, and many outside streets, are duplicated forty feet below the surface by the tunnel system. The entire sub...
  • Bolt and rivet department
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoPhotograph is included in section on company's Detroit facility.
  • Office and old power plant
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Office and Old Power Plant View from South Corner". Photograph is included in section on company's Grand Rapids facility.
  • Stock yards and tower
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "All visitors to Chicago are sure to include a trip to the celebrated stock yards during their sojourn in the city. Thousands of head of cattle are slaughtered here daily. The cattle are housed in hundreds of pens covering three hundred and twenty acres. The problem of supplying this immense area with water was solved by the building of a great tower, from which ...
  • Underground tunnel railway
    Image | 1903 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The first mail arriving at the Post Office station of the Chicago subway or underground railroad, March 10, 1903."
  • Mail at Union Station
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The fast mail at Union Station". From text: "Chicago to-day is the greatest mail center on the continent. Seven hundred tons of this concentrated commerce flow through her gates every twenty-four hours. From every point of the compass, it comes to this great hopper to be ground out, separated, and sent to its destination. Why is this? It is because Chicago is t...
  • Railway post office
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The "R. P. O."--The Railway Post Office"
  • Railroad crossing bells
    Image | 1891 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Hall Signal Co." From text: "The Hall Signal Co. of 50 Broadway, New York, and 340 The Rookery, Chicago, are manufacturers of all kinds of Electric and Mechanical Signaling apparatus for railroads. The Hall Automatic Electric Block Signal System is in operation on twenty-one of the leading railroads of this country. On the opposite page is shown an application o...
  • Furnace rooms and annealing building
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "General Views looking North Showing Furnace Rooms--looking East Showing Annealing Building and New Foundries". Photograph is included in section on company's Grand Rapids facility.
  • Armour elevator
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Armour grain elevator is the largest in the city, and belongs to the millionaire meat packer. The owner is noted for his great wheat operations on the Board of Trade. The vast quantities of the actual product in this immense elevator have often been able to turn the market in his favor. The elevator is located on Goose Island in the Chicago River. The combi...
  • Entrance to Stock Yards
    Image | 1891 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Entrance to Stock Yards." From text: "No reference to Chicago of a statistical nature, even of the most infinitesimal character, would be complete without passing reference at least to the Union Stock Yards and the part they play in the world's economy. ... The yards were considered quite isolated at the time, but the city has grown so rapidly they have been anne...
  • American Brewing Academy
    Image | 1901 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Amerikanische Brauer-Academie." Writing on building in image: "Wahl & Henius American Brewing Academy Scientific Station for Brewing American Brewers Review." The American Academy of Brewing was founded in 1891 by Robert Wahl and Max Henius, and in 1893 was located at 294 S. Water Street. (Source: Chicago Daily Tribune Feb. 1, 1893.)
  • Shipping department
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoPhotograph is included in section on company's Grand Rapids facility.
  • Schulze Baking Company advertisement
    Image | 1919 | Picture ChicagoText in advertisement: "The Bakery where bread is made of the highest standard of quality and production. Schulze Baking Co." The Schulze Baking Company building is located at 40 East Garfield Boulevard.
  • Stock yards and Packingtown
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Stock yards and Packingtown in distance[.] Beyond the pens at the stock yards, lies Packingtown, where the slaughtered meats are prepared for the markets of the world. It is here that several of the famous millionaires of Chicago made their great fortunes. One noted packing firm killed 712,000 cattle, 1,714,000 hogs, and nearly 500,000 sheep in a single year. T...
  • Post office overhead carrier system
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Overhead carrier system in the post-office, similar to cash carriers used in stores."
  • Smaller freight tunnel
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "A typical view in the smaller sized portion of the tunne.l"
  • Bolster department
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Bolster Dep't Hydraulic Press Multiple Punch". Photograph is included in section on company's Detroit facility.
  • Weir & Craig Mfg. Co. building
    Image | 1891 | Picture ChicagoWriting on the side of building, in image: "Machine shop & brass foundry. Plumbers. Steam & gas fitters--Supplies. Weir & Craig Mfg. Company. Iron foundery." From text: "It is only reasonable that in Chicago, which is the center of so many packing houses, there should be a manufactory of packing house machinery, and a firm which makes a speciality of this is the Weir & ...
  • Bird's-eye view
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoPhotograph is included in section on company's Jersey City facility.
  • Solid beam department
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoPhotograph is included in section on company's Jersey City facility.
  • Assembling department
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoPhotograph is included in section on company's Jersey City facility.
  • Shipping department
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoPhotograph is included in section on company's Marion facility.
  • Annealing department
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoPhotograph is included in section on company's Grand Rapids facility.