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J. Elsinger & Co.


Interesting piece of Joliet ephemera here, from the bygone era when retailers still printed up advertising cards - though, admittedly, this is a stock image to which the store's name was imprinted. But I'm a bit perplexed by the store's street address. First, that it lacks the east/west designation that's standard today, but more importantly that during that era neither 34 West Jefferson (the Will County Courthouse) or 34 East Jefferson (the Woodruff Hotel) would have been a likely storefront location - unless Elsinger was located inside the Woodruff. Or it could be instead that, sometime after this card was printed, the city changed its street address system. Back then there were plenty of storefronts along the entire north side of Jefferson (on the opposite side from the Courthouse and the Woodruff) that could have housed this store. A mild mystery.

July 9, 2010 in Ephemera, Joliet | Permalink


my grandfather roy peterson owned sunnyside beverage co. in joliet il. the building was located on maple sts and wenberg av. i have many great mempries of that place. tthey also had a r

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Posted by: b spreitzer at Dec 18, 2010 2:02:25 PM

corrected e-mail address jasmyn107@comcast.net

Posted by: b spreitzer at Dec 18, 2010 2:31:15 PM

B: Thanks for the info. I'll drive past that intersection soon and see if the old building is still there.

Posted by: Pete at Dec 20, 2010 9:18:48 AM