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  • Indian trail tree at lakeside
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Indian trail tree at Lakeside (Courtesy Chicago Historical Society)"
  • Union Defense Committee of Chicago
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Union Defense Committee, Organized in 1861 (Through this Representative Body of Chicago Citizens the First Regiments were Placed in the Field, Civilians Organized, and Chicago's Reputation for "Doing Things" Established) By Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society". Individuals portrayed are: Judge Thomas Drummond, Judge George Manierre, Julian Rumsey, John C...
  • Confederate prisoners at Camp Douglas
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Confederate prisoners at Camp Douglas By Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society". Camp Douglas opened as a training camp for Union troops in 1861 on the property of Stephen J. Douglas, between 31st and 33rd Streets, and Cottage Grove and present-day Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and later served as a prisoner of war camp for Confederate soldiers. (Source: Encyc...
  • Lake trips from Chicago
    Image | 1912 | Picture ChicagoMap with caption: "Showing from One to Two Days' Lake Trips from Chicago, with Longer Trips Indicated."
  • Chicago For the Tourist
    Image | 1912 | Picture ChicagoBook cover. Full text: "Chicago For the Tourist Reached by the Illinois Central R. R." Image depicts the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Lincoln Park.
  • Al Capone
    Image | 1930 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "His Favorite Pose" Here is an excellent likeness of Alphonse Capone, the Big Boy of Chicago Gangland, and the greatest gangster that ever lived. When King Al poses for a photograph which isn't often, he always turns his right cheek to the camera. The left one is disfigured by an ugly scar. Legend has it that Capone was struck by a machine gun bullet when he was a s...
  • Chicago Yacht Club
    Image | 1904 | Picture ChicagoPhotograph has been vignetted.
  • Illinois Trust and Savings Bank
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Illinois Trust and Savings Bank at the corner of Jackson Boulevard and La Salle Street is one of the oldest and most stable institutions in the city. The architecture of the building is particularly attractive, although the surrounding skyscrapers dwarf its really fine proportions. It is said to be an exact model of the Bank of England."
  • LaSalle Club
    Image | 1888 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "The LaSalle Club is a political and social organization. All the leading Republican politicians belong to it, and it is the centre of Republican activity in Chicago. … Organized in 1884 … early in 1888 it took possession of the fine building it now occupies, at 252 West Monroe Street, formerly the residence of C. C. Holton, Esq. The house is of marble, three stor...
  • Lincoln Park bathing beach
    Image | 1912 | Picture Chicagoalso a children's bathing beach. It is reached by the North Clark Street electric car."
  • High Bridge at Lincoln Park
    Image | 1912 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Lincoln Park--View from "High Bridge" of the Park, Mile Long Lagoon and the Lake. "High Bridge" across the Lagoon at Lincoln Park."
  • Railway Exchange Building
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "This edifice is numbered among the handsomest office buildings in the city. It is located on Michigan Avenue, near the Art Institute, overlooking Lake Michigan. The structure is devoted to office purposes, being designed especially for the accommodation of railroad headquarters." Building designed by firm of Burnham and Root.
  • Niña Stuart van Zandt Spies
    Image | 1887 | Picture ChicagoWife of August Vincent Theodore Spies.
  • Section of polishing room
    Image | 1922 | Picture ChicagoAugust 1922.
  • William Hale Thompson
    Image | 1915 | Picture ChicagoFrontispiece. Thompson served as mayor of Chicago from 1915–1923, and 1927–1931.
  • Battle-Cry of Freedom
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoFirst Sung by Frank and Jules Lumbard in Court House Square, Chicago) By Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society". Text on cover: "Seventh Thousand. The Battle-Cry of Freedom. Words and Music by George F. Root. Published by Root & Cady, 95 Clark St., Chicago. S. Brainard & Co., Cleveland. J. H. Whittemore, Detroit. H. Tolman & Co, Boston. Entered according to Act of Congr...
  • Frank Lumbard, Tenor
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Frank Lumbard, Tenor (Chicago's Famous Singers of War-time Lyrics)". (Shown on page with his brother, Jules Lumbard.) Image is undated and appears to be an enhanced photograph.
  • McVicker's Theatre
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "McVicker's Theatre, "Home of the Tragic Muse" By Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society"". Image undated but appears to be from the 1860s.
  • Wood's Museum and Theatre
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Wood's Museum and Theatre Originally Kingsbury Hall By courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society". Image undated but appears to be from the 1860s.
  • Joseph Medill
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Joseph Medill (Owner and Editor of The Chicago Tribune)". Photograph is undated but appears to be from the 1880s.
  • Rev. W. H. Ryder
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "Rev. W. H. Ryder, D.D., of St. Paul's Universalist Church, was a frequent speaker at Union meetings. Next to Chapin he was regarded as the most gifted minister in his denomination in the country… He was a stanch supporter of all that the war stood for, even among the most advanced."
  • Haymarket Meeting
    Image | 1889 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Haymarket Meeting.--In the Name of the People. I Command You to Disperse."
  • Haymarket Square
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Haymarket Square is noted the world over as the scene of the anarchistic outrage on the night of May 4, 1886, when a bomb was hurled into the midst of a number of policemen who were attempting to disperse a disorderly crowd. In the center of the square stands a statue of a policeman with uplifted hand, erected to the memory of the officers who perished that night. ...
  • View southwest from Court House dome
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Views from the Court House dome in 1858 La Salle and Washington Streets (Looking South and Southwest) By Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society". View to the southwest, with masts of ships in the Chicago River in distance.
  • Clybourne mansion
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Clybourne Mansion (After a Water-color Painting by Petford) By Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society"
  • Montgomery Ward Building
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Montgomery Ward & Company Building The headquarters of one of the largest mail order concerns in the world, located on Michigan Avenue and Madison Street. The structure enjoys the distinction of being the highest in Chicago. All orders come to Montgomery Ward & Company by mail, and sales are not otherwise made."
  • George F. Root
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "George F. Root (Composer of "The Battle-Cry of Freedom," and Other Inspired Songs)". Photograph is undated but appears to be from the 1880s.
  • Maclay Hoyne States Attorney
    Image | 1916 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Maclay Hoyne States Attorney for the County of Cook."
  • State and Madison Streets
    Image | 1930 | Picture Chicagoit reaches its peak at State and Madison Streets, 'the busiest corner in the world." View is looking south on State Street, from just north of Madison.
  • Illinois Central entrance to Chicago
    Image | 1930 | Picture ChicagoSoldier Field, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium in the foreground". From text: "Central Station, on the Boulevard System, has an incomparable situation on the lake shore. Just off Michigan Boulevard, Chicago's most imposing thoroughfare, at Roosevelt Road, it places all of Chicago within easy reach by automobile. It is convenient to the down-town hotels, the theatres, steamsh...
  • Federal Building
    Image | 1930 | Picture Chicagoit contains the principal Federal offices, including the Post Office, the second largest in the U. S., which does an annual business of almost $62,000,000, approximately one-seventh of the gross yearly business of the entire Post Office Department of the United States. A view of the great central rotunda is highly impressive."
  • Chicago theatres
    Image | 1930 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "Chicago is one of the best theatre cities in the land, in number of playhouses, in the variety of entertainments presented, and in point of discriminating patronage. Many high-grade productions originate in Chicago, and practically all current plays of established merit may be seen there during the season. Most of Chicago's theatres are open all year."
  • Washington Park clubhouse
    Image | 1883 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Club-House at Washington Park." From text: "One of the most important and certainly the most aristocratic clubs in the city is the new Washington Park Club. Not only in the turf world, but in the social as well, this institution takes precedence."
  • Farwell's Building
    Image | 1883 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "Within the past year they have moved into their new building, the largest, most extensive, and best arranged for their business in the East or West. … Regarding the architectural beauty of this building, it can be truthfully said to rival any building in Chicago. It is constructed of Philadelphia pressed brick, with stone trimmings, and the architects and contrac...
  • Chicago's reconstruction plan cover
    Image | 1919 | Picture ChicagoText on cover: "Chicago America's Greatest and Most Attractive City Burned 1871 -- Rebuilt as by Magic--Now Her Reconstruction Plan".
  • August Spies
    Image | 1886 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "August Spies is a pale-faced, intellectual-looking German, thirty-six years of age. He was born in Hessia and came to this country in 1873. He has been a Socialist all his life, and started a newspaper in support of that cause in 1879. His paper was called the Arbeiter Zeitung, and a sheet was never published which contained matter more revolutionary to the law a...
  • A. R. Parsons
    Image | 1886 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: A. R. Parsons is a medium sized, slimly built man, with a light mustache. By trade he is a printer. He is well educated, thoroughly posted on Socialism, and a fluent and stirring speaker. Unlike Spies, he is cool and calculating, and in his most rabid and inflammatory speeches weighed every word. He was the editor of the Alarm, an English edition of the Arbeiter Z...
  • Front of the Iroquois Theater
    Image | 1903 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "In front of the theater at the time of the fire, December 30th, 1904, 4 p.m."
  • Chicago Plan street improvements
    Image | 1919 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Map showing the Chicago Plan improvements proposed for the heart of the city in connection with the central street system."
  • Residence of Mrs. John N. Weinand
    Image | 1910 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Residence of Mrs. John N. Weinand. 900 Argyle Ave., Argyle Park."