20 photos of Chicago in the 1950s

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20 photos of Chicago in the 1950s

Chicago River dividing the city of Chicago, Illinois.



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The Chicago Theater

View of Chicago Theater from State Station and Lake L



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A Goldblatt man at home

A worker relaxes with a newspaper at home with his wife and four children



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A district of workers’ cottages

Chicago street with three young children in front of a half-timbered house and a parked car



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The end of an era

Railcar on a street in Chicago



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The royal theater

Cars and shows signs displayed outside the Regal Theater



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A Chicago-style demonstration

Protesters with dogs and signs about unemployment



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Bronzeville

Children play on and around a van



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A girl from Chicago—or two

Group of women perched on an outdoor railing



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Business district

Wide angle view of Chicago’s business district at night



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A Winter in Chicago

A patrolman stands in deep snow and waves to motorists ‘drive slowly’ warnings



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Maxwell Street

Street scene on Maxwell Street near Halsted Street, Chicago



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The Gaslight Club

Waitress serving drinks at GasLight Club



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Community Outreach

Woman and children standing next to free vaccination sign



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The loop

Aerial night photograph of Chicago, Illinois



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A Chicago Cubs icon

Chicago Cubs player Ernie Banks signs autographs at Wrigley Field



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Prepare for a strike

A man places a sign offering ‘strikers’ special’ in a tavern window



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Dine out

A waitress takes an order from a family in a restaurant



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The steel strike

A long line of striking steelworkers line up to receive paychecks



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Maxwell Street Market

Vendors at Maxwell Street Market, Chicago



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An offer for the World Series

1959 World Series opening day


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