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  • M. E. Page & Co. Confectioners
    Image | 1869 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "M. E. Page & Co. Wholesale Confectioners! 24 Michigan Avenue, Manufacturers of Rock Candy, Gum, Cream and Cordial Work. The Confectionary House of this firm, a cut of which appears on the opposite page, is the largest and most complete concern of the kind in the United States. They occupy the whole of the immense building for the different departments of their bu...
  • Bank vaults on main floor
    Image | 1902 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "At the rear of the banking floor are ten immense vaults in which the money, valuables, and books of the bank are placed at the close of each day's business. If ever anything built by human hands was made impregnable to assault from without, this business vault of the Chicago National Bank certainly was. It stands three stories in height and is clear of the walls ...
  • Equitable Trust Company's offices
    Image | 1902 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Entrance to Equitable Trust Company's Offices." From text: "Bronze elevators, operated by electricity and moving in a shaft inclosed in beautifully designed bronze scrollwork, noiselessly carry the visitor to the upper floors in the front portion of the building. Here are the offices of the Equitable Trust Company, a corporation which acts as executor of estates an...
  • Michigan Southern R. R. Depot
    Image | 1869 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "The Michigan Southern, and Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific trains start from the same depot on Van Buren, opposite LaSalle street."
  • Tremont House
    Image | 1869 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "The visitor to Chicago can not fail to be attracted by the splendid and massive structure of the Tremont House, which is centrally located on the corner of Dearborn and Lake streets. This hotel is widely known as one of the most spacious and agreeable in the West. The internal arrangements admirably harmonize with the inviting aspect of the exterior. The Tremont ...
  • Steins Bazaar
    Image | 1869 | Picture ChicagoText in illustration reads: "81 83 City of Paris. Bazaar. M. Campbell's Hair Manufactory. National Bazaar. Steins Bazaar. E. H. Stein." From text: "The City of Paris, [i]n miniature, can be seen by the visitor to Chicago at Stein's unique and elegant bazaar, No. 83 South Clark street. The collection of fancy goods, toys, and elegant ornaments he keeps in stock in this beauti...
  • Field, Leiter & Co's
    Image | 1869 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Field, Leiter & Co's Establishment." From text: "Dry Goods, Wholesale. Field, Palmer & Leiter, State, N. E. cor. Washington street."
  • 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 the f...
  • Railway post office
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The "R. P. O."--The Railway Post Office"
  • Northwestern University Medical College
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "The Medical School, in Chicago, founded in 1859, was the first American medical school to give a graded course, to lengthen the teaching year, and to demand educational requirements for entrance. It provides a full four years' course, exceptional clinical advantages, and actual instruction at the bedside."
  • Luncheon by Daniel Burnham
    Image | 1908 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Luncheon by Daniel Hudson Burnham, architect, to his city-planning colleagues in business when the Plan of Chicago was completed in 1908. From left to right (upper row) : Edward B. Butler, Daniel Hudson Burnham, Charles D. Norton, Clyde M. Carr, Edward F. Carry, Edward H. Bennett, John de la Mataer (secretary), Charles G. Dawes. From left to right (lower row): John...
  • Terminal of Chicago & Northwestern Railroad
    Image | 1912 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Passenger terminal of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, completed in 1911. Courtesy of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway." From text: "In the annual report for the year ending June 30th, 1907, mention is made of the new passenger terminal which has lately been completed on the West Side between Lake street on the north, and Madison street on the south, occupying...
  • Democratic National Amphitheatre
    Image | 1860-1869 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Democratic National Amphitheatre Situated on Michigan Avenue, near Twelfth street. Original owned by Chicago Historical Society".
  • Michigan Avenue in the 1860's
    Image | 1860-1869 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Michigan Avenue in the '60s. Original owned by Chicago Historical Society."
  • La Salle Street from Courthouse Square
    Image | 1860-1869 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "La Salle Street from Courthouse Square. Original owned by Chicago Historical Society."
  • Chicago Tribune building
    Image | 1869 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "The new Tribune building [i]s, in every respect, a model of beauty, convenience and comfort, and an ornament to the city. It is located on the corner of Madison and Dearborn streets. It fronts 72 feet on Dearborn, by 121 feet on Madison street, and covers an area of 8,712 square feet. The building is constructed entirely of fire proof materials. It is four storie...
  • Elgin Shirt advertisement
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCopy reads: "Negligé Coats Are the Thing Fall Line Now Ready Cutter and Crossette Makers Chicago The Elgin Shirt"
  • Wells' Mastiff Shoes advertisement
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCopy reads: "Wells' Mastiff Shoes Best Line on Earth For Men, boys, Youths, Women, Misses, & Children. Made up in all popular leathers for every member of the household. Stylish-Satisfactory-Popular Largest Manufacturers of Reliable footwear [in] the country Send for catalogue M. D. Wells Co. Chicago"
  • Robert Martin Douglas
    Image | 1912 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Robert Martin Douglas: Eldest son of Stephen A. Douglas."
  • Chicago in the Fifties
    Image | 1850-1859 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Chicago in the Fifties. Original owned by Chicago Historical Society"
  • Marvin Hughitt
    Image | 1912 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Marvin Hughitt: President of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway since 1887."
  • Main vestibule
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Main Vestibule Loyola Academy."
  • Homestead of Robert R. Clark
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Homestead of the late Robert R. Clark (Built in 1859) Intersection Halsted and Clark Streets, Chicago Courtesy of Mrs. B. A. Squire". The house served as a refuge for many Northside residents after the Chicago Fire of 1871. Photograph is undated but possibly taken in the 1880s.
  • Lake View House
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Lake View House (Permission Mr. James J. Wilson and Chicago Historical Society)". From text: ""There was also a hotel, called the Lake View House, having been opened on July 4, 1854, occupying a site at the northwest corner of what is now designated Grace Street and Sheridan Road. This had been built by James H. Rees and Elisha E. Huntley, and was, without a do...
  • Log house at Kenilworth
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Log house at Kenilworth, built by John Doyle Torn down about 1902 (Courtesy Chicago Historical Society)". Photograph is undated but probably was taken in the 1890s.
  • Col. James A. Mulligan
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Col. James A. Mulligan (Commander of "The Irish Brigade") By Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society". Image appears to be an enhanced photograph.
  • Medical examination
    Image | 1902 | Picture ChicagoSeptember 1902.
  • Park swimming pool
    Image | 1904 | Picture ChicagoJune 1904.
  • Lake Michigan
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Lake Michigan From Foot of Granville Ave., North Edgewater"
  • Residence of E. L. Fowler
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Residence and studio of Mr. E. L. Fowler 1641 Orrington Ave., Evanston, Ill."
  • Residence of E. H. Stafford
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Residence of Mr. E. H. Stafford 911 Sheridan Road, Wilmette, Ill."
  • Charles A. Comiskey as St. Louis Browns player-manager
    Image | 1919 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Comiskey as manager and first-baseman of the St. Louis Browns." Image appears to be an enhanced photograph.
  • Charles A. Comiskey
    Image | 1919 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Frank Wing, cartoonist on the staff of the St. Paul Dispatch, and author of the well-known 'The Fotygraft Album,' is guilty of the above addition to the Comiskey gallery. Says Frank: 'This here's Charley Comiskey, th' baseball man, when he lived here in St. Paul and managed th' Saints, as they call our team.'"
  • Ellsworth Requiem March
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Ellsworth Requiem March' (The Cover Shows an Authentic Portrait of Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth, Chicago's Youthful Hero, the First Soldier Killed in the Civil War) By Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society". Text on cover: "To the memory of Col. E. E. Ellsworth. Who fell at Alexandria, Va., May 24th, 1861. Col. Ellsworth Requiem March, by A. J. Vaas. Published ...
  • Sea wall at Wheeler residence
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Massive sea wall protecting Mr. Albert G. Wheeler's lawn Foot of Sheridan Road and Devon Ave., North Edgewater Shore Line of Rogers Park and Evanston in background"
  • White Sox-Giants world tour in Egypt
    Image | 1914 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "A 'family group' of the Sox-Giants world tourists in front of the Sphinx. Mr. and Mrs. Comiskey may be seen in the center, mounted on 'ships of the desert.'"
  • Residence of Frederick Morgan Steele
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Residence of Mr. Frederick Morgan Steele 581 Sheridan Road, N. E., Highland Park, Ill."
  • Libby Prison Museum
    Image | 1893 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "[Engraved for The Standard Guide Company.] Libby Prison Museum, Wabash Ave., South. [See "Amusements."]". From text: "Located on Wabash avenue, between Fourteenth and Sixteenth streets. One of the principal permanent attractions of the city. The original Libby prison (transported from Richmond, Va., and put up, brick after brick, just as it stood during the War of ...