Striking Photos Documenting Life of African-Americans in Chicago’s South Side in 1941

The Great Migrations from 1910 to 1960 brought millions of African-Americans from the rural South to Chicago, where they became an urban population. The mass exodus radically transformed Chicago, both politically and culturally. For many fleeing the segregation, disenfranchisement and increasing racist violence of the Jim Crow South, the industrial hub of Chicago, with thousandsContinue reading “Striking Photos Documenting Life of African-Americans in Chicago’s South Side in 1941”

Amazing Vintage Photos of Chicago in 1941

In the depths of the Great Depression, the United States government created the Resettlement Administration to help provide relief for drought-stricken and impoverished farmers. The RA was restructured and renamed the Farm Security Administration in 1937. One of the FSA’s most notable efforts was its small team of documentary photographers, who traveled the country recordingContinue reading “Amazing Vintage Photos of Chicago in 1941”

Amazing Vintage Photographs Show Life of Circus Performers in the Ringling Bros. Circus During the 1910s

Harry A. Atwell (1879-1957) was an American photographer. He was hired for his first circus assignment in 1910 to travel with the Ringling Bros. Circus. Over the next forty years he documented the roustabouts, big top crowds, sideshow performers and center-ring stars of the circus during a time when shops, schools, and even factories closedContinue reading “Amazing Vintage Photographs Show Life of Circus Performers in the Ringling Bros. Circus During the 1910s”

Mary Wallace: The First Female Bus Driver for Chicago Transit Authority, Beginning in 1974

In 1974, Englewood native, Mary Wallace, drove into history when she became the first woman to drive a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus. Wallace was a popular driver who remained on the job for 33 years before retiring. “I used to work for the Planning & Placement Center when I was going to college, andContinue reading “Mary Wallace: The First Female Bus Driver for Chicago Transit Authority, Beginning in 1974”

The Story Behind An Ashamed Mother Who Puts Her Four Children Up For Sale in Chicago in 1948

This devastating photograph from 1948 seems unreal. Surely people can’t sell their children in the United States, even in the 1940s? Family members accused the mother of being paid to stage the photo, which may have been part of the story, but unfortunately, she was dead serious about selling her children. Within two years allContinue reading “The Story Behind An Ashamed Mother Who Puts Her Four Children Up For Sale in Chicago in 1948”

27 Amazing Photographs of the Chicago Race Riots of 1919

The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 began on a hot July day and thought to be the worst of around 25 riots during the so-called ‘Red Summer’. Some ninety years later the New York Times called it the worst race riot in the history of Illinois. On July 27, 1919, an African-American teenager called EugeneContinue reading “27 Amazing Photographs of the Chicago Race Riots of 1919”

56 Fascinating Photos Showing Chicago in the 1970s

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third most populous city in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles. With a population of 2,746,388 in the 2020 census, it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United StatesContinue reading “56 Fascinating Photos Showing Chicago in the 1970s”

47 Amazing Vintage Photos Showing Life in Chicago During the 1950s and 1960s

Born in San Francisco to Japanese parents, Yasuhiro Ishimoto (1921-2012) went with his parents to Japan at age three and grew up in Kochi, Japan. He returned to the United States in 1939 in order to study agriculture at the University of California, but was detained at the Amachi Internment Camp in Armach, Colorado fromContinue reading “47 Amazing Vintage Photos Showing Life in Chicago During the 1950s and 1960s”

41 Fascinating Photos that Shows Life in the Wicker Park Neighborhood of Chicago in the Late 1950s

Wicker Park is a neighborhood of about 26,000 residents within the West Town community area in Chicago, Illinois. Situated west of the Kennedy Expressway, east of Humboldt Park, and south of the Bloomingdale Trail, Wicker Park is known for its local hipster culture, art community, nightlife, and food scene. In recent years, Wicker Park hasContinue reading “41 Fascinating Photos that Shows Life in the Wicker Park Neighborhood of Chicago in the Late 1950s”

Miss Correct Posture: Pictures From a Chiropractor’s Beauty Contest in Chicago in 1956

Beauty contests were a way for people, places and businesses to celebrate events, highlight pop culture and promote various products or ideas. In the 1950s and 1960s, chiropractors around the United States found themselves with a PR problem. So they decided to utilize beauty contests as a way to legitimize their profession. Through these pageantsContinue reading “Miss Correct Posture: Pictures From a Chiropractor’s Beauty Contest in Chicago in 1956”