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  • Old West Market Hall
    Image | 1912 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Old West Market Hall: On the site of the present Haymarket Square."
  • Cook County Hospital
    Image | 1906 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Cook County Hospital, the largest of the public charities of Chicago, occupies twelve acres on West Harrison and Polk streets. The main building is a handsome edifice of red brick with stone trimmings and contains twenty-four wards each devoted to a separate class of disease. Any patient without money is taken at this hospital and receives as good treatment as ...
  • Spies addressing the strikers
    Image | 1889 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Spies addressing the strikers at McCormick's." The McCormick's Works factory was located near Blue Island and Western avenues.
  • The Textile Room
    Image | 1902 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Textile Room." From text: "The [Hull House Labor] Museum was opened in November, 1900, and from the first, five departments were planned, though, owing to lack of space and equipment, only that of the textiles was developed to any extent during the first winter. In one room were placed various appliances for spinning and weaving, largely collected from the vici...
  • Educational meeting and concert
    Image | 1921 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Reception to Sidney Hillman International President A.C.W. of A. On His Return from Europe at the Educational Meeting and Concert Nov. 18, 1921 by the Chicago Joint Board of Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Ashland Auditorium". On photograph: "371 I. P. E. U."
  • 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. ...
  • Home of Chicago Joint Board
    Image | 1922 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Site of the New Home of the Chicago Joint Board, Ashland Boulevard and Adams Street."
  • First depot of Galena & Chicago Union Railroad
    Image | 1880-1889 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The first depot of the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad Company (now Chicago & Northwestern Railway). This depot stood at the southwest corner of North Canal and West Kinzie streets. It was built in 1848 and was Chicago's first railroad depot. In 1881 the depot was removed. By courtesy of Chicago Historical Society" From text: "It was a one-story frame building loca...
  • View of Haymarket Square
    Image | 1912 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "A view of Haymarket Square."
  • New post office site
    Image | 1919 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Chicago's recommended new post office site, new Union Terminal to the left, Northwestern Depot to the right. The Chicago Plan Commission has not recommended a type for the new Chicago postal structure. The above is merely a suggested type to occupy the two blocks recommended on Canal Street between the present Northwestern terminal and the Union Station now under c...
  • Chicago Homeopathic College
    Image | 1883 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "The Chicago Homeopathic Medical College, situated on the corner of Wood and York streets, directly opposite the great Cook County Hospital, is one of the most elegant and commodious educational edifices in the city. It is generally conceded to be the largest and best equipped homeopathic building in this country."
  • O'Leary House
    Image | 1860-1869 | Picture Chicagoothers scoff at it as a myth. Whatever their cause, the flames spread so rapidly through the neighboring shanties, small frame dwellings and factories, that by the time the first fire engines reached the scene, the wind had carried the fire beyond their control."
  • Two spinning methods
    Image | 1902 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Two methods of Syrian spinning and European wheel." From text: "The spinning was illustrated by Italians, Greeks, Russians and Syrians, who spun with a distaff for holding the flax, and a spindle composed of a straight stick with one or two discs, and a small hook on the upper end to hold the thread. ... The museum is now able to show four variations of this earlie...
  • The Push-o-mobile
    Image | 1903 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Push-o-mobile." From text: "The fourth successful political campaign hand-running, in which Chicago Commons has taken effective part, was won last month. As the settlement experience and civic significance of the three victorious years may prove suggestive and encouraging to others as the ourselves, we let our readers have the story ... The election of Lewis D....
  • Skandinaven Building
    Image | 1893 | Picture Chicagoforty-two pages. The Skandinaven was at its birth a four-page weekly paper.... To-day it has a larger circulation than any other paper printed in the Scandinavian language in this country."
  • Haymarket Riot
    Image | 1889 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Haymarket Riot: The Explosion and the Conflict."
  • Registration for Municipal Lodging House
    Image | 1902 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "Municipal Lodging House in Action. Every evening at 12 South Jefferson Street for the past eight months from 10 to 140 hungry and homeless men have stood up for registration. The police officer in charge separates this group into two lines, ""first nighters" and those previously sheltered. As the newcomer steps up to the desk the registration officer, with a pile...
  • Compulsory bath
    Image | 1902 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "Next in order is the bath. This is administered in an open, well-lighted room, 18 x 24 feet, containing eight hot and cold water showers, strong soap, brushes and towels without stint. Should this job be poorly done through laziness, repugnance, unfamiliarity with the task, the officer in charge returns him willy nilly, and should the lodger seem unequal to the l...
  • Riots at Halsted Street viaduct
    Image | 1889 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Labor Troubles of 1877: Riots at the Halsted Street Viaduct, Chicago." The viaduct was located at Halsted and 16th Street. (Source: The Labor Trail: Chicago's History of Working-Class Life and Struggle http://www.communitywalk.com/labor_trail/map/5258#0003KY%3C)
  • Inspector Bonfield
    Image | 1886 | Picture ChicagoInspector John Bonfield was present at the Haymarket on May 4, 1886. He marched 176 officers to the scene of the gathering there and ordered the crowd to disperse, after which events turned violent. (Source: Encyclopedia of Chicago.)
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Medical examination
    Image | 1902 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "Putting on a pair of carpet slippers, and arrayed in that informal fashion which prevailed in Eden before the fall, he presents himself to the skilled and keen discernment of the examining physician. This disciple of Galen having found the facts of the lodger's physical condition, writes them upon the same record card that holds his story given at the desk below....
  • Courtyard of Hull House
    Image | 1920 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The Courtyard of Hull House."
  • Illinois Club
    Image | 1888 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "In 1881, the property which is the present quarters of the Club (154 Ashland Avenue) was purchased."
  • West Side Auditorium meeting
    Image | 1921 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "Meeting of all of Joint Board Delegates, Local Executives and Shop Chairmen. West Side Auditorium, Jan. 13, 1921. Presented to Captains and Lieutenants of the $1,000,000 Lockout Fund Chicago Joint Board Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America." On photograph: "371 I. P. E. U."
  • Colonial loom
    Image | 1902 | Picture ChicagoFrom text: "The old Colonial loom of which the museum contains two specimens, was fast in comparison with the more primitive looms, but slow when compared with the youngest of all, the power loom."
  • Call for the Haymarket Meeting
    Image | 1889 | Picture ChicagoText in English and German. Partial transcription: "Attention Workingmen! Great mass-meeting to-night, at 7.30 o'clock at the Haymarket, Randolph St., bet. Desplaines and Halstead. Achtung Arbeiter! Grosse Massen-Versammlung heute Abend, halb 8 Uhr, auf dem Heumarkt, Randolph-Strasse. zwifchen Desplaines u. Halsted-Str."
  • Revenge! Workingmen, to arms!!!
    Image | 1889 | Picture ChicagoCaption: "The famous "Revenge" circular." German title: "Rache! Rache! Arbeiter, zu den Waffen!"