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Two views of 1950s Chicago


Rush Street, looking south from Delaware Street, in 1954. Love that tawdry, gaudy neon. The area is now informally known as the Viagra Triangle (for the middle-aged divorced guys haunting the steakhouses and trying to get lucky), but there's no way it has the hustle and throb it enjoyed well into the 1970s.


Doorway by Harry Callahan, 1955. Probably far from the glare of Rush Street, and likely in a working class neighborhood. Just in this tight frame, I see advertisements for three beers (Sieben's - painted directly onto the window at the upper right - Schlitz and Budweiser) and two whiskeys (Hiram Walker Imperial and Echo Springs). I like a place that gives you a hint of what's inside before you even step off the street.

November 22, 2013 in Chicago Observations, Photography | Permalink


I instantly recognized that Rush Street photo cuz I was there in the 70s. (Haven't been back since.)

Posted by: Paul at Nov 22, 2013 11:23:45 AM

Probably just as well you haven't been back. I doubt you'd fit in these days with the graying accountants and the suburban cougars.

Posted by: Pete at Nov 24, 2013 11:49:51 AM