Thursday, April 22, 2010

PHOTO: Before the Dan Ryan was built

This picture is from the Charles W. Cushman Photo Collection at Indiana University. He was noted recently by Lee Bey for his many color photographs of pre and post- World War 2 Chicago. He especially notes this house that once stood near 92nd & State Street:
Look at this amazing 1942 photo of a black family sitting on the porch of a Second Empire house at 92nd and State that is so delightfully–almost impossibly–ramshackle, it  almost looks like a Disneyland attraction. If the house lasted until the 1960s, it was bulldozed for the Dan Ryan Expressway.
The other pictures displayed on Bey's blog were of the last days of an "older, decaying Chicago". To be sure there are some buildings seen in photographs that I can only wish that I can see still around today. But we only have these pictures.

Even of this house which would seem out of place if it was placed somewhere in the neighborhood it once resided.

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