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Union Station, 1948 and 2012



The top image is a 1948 view of the main waiting room at Union Station in Chicago, by Esther Bubley. The bottom image was taken yesterday, from roughly the same vantage point. Interestingly, the benches are in almost the identical location in each photo, despite them being removed regularly for various events. Though I would have loved to shoot from the exact vantage point and angle as the original, I didn't want to get right up in that young woman's face - which is one reason I never would have been a good photojournalist. However, had there been a grandfather, mother and two towheaded boys eating popcorn on that bench, I definitely would have overcome my natural reticence.

(1948 photo via Chicago Past.)

July 12, 2012 in Chicago Observations, History, Photography | Permalink


Jon Kenna does this sort of then-and-now photography on his blog too.

Posted by: Paul at Jul 12, 2012 3:13:59 PM