April 16, 2011

My Personal Collection

Purchased from Ebay/Amazon
All these items were purchased from Ebay for my own personal purposes. This collection highlights particular features of old Lake View that in my opinion reflects its popularity and growth. Many of these features include postcards, yearbooks, a menu, an advertisement, a playbill, 
matchbooks, negatives, a train ticket, booklets, and a novel. Some of these features have been integrated throughout my 80+ posted blog. Toward the end of my life I will donate this collection to Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection that is housed at the Sulzer Regional Library. 
For now Enjoy!
Postcards & Other Stuff:
This section includes postcards, 
matchbooks, and press photos
A Illinois Booklet
The green area at the top of map indicated Native American territory while the yellow handle towards 
the lake indicated Illinois along with Chicago area

Chicago Greeting Postcards

Mouth of the Chicago River 
with Fort Dearborn
The Lake Michigan Waves

 the original Lake Shore Drive Broadwalk 1907 postmark
Elks War Memorial
a landmark toward Lake View
Palmer Potter's North-Lake Shore Drive
Sheridan Monument
Kwa Ma Rolas
The Last Day
with pre 1985 views below
The negatives 
 unknown date of negs
The Rocks along the Lakefront
with its negatives
The location of the photos above have been identified as a view of Lake View East from Montrose Harbor 
while the others are probably in the harbor area
 A Residence - Clark & Barry
a loan from Ravenswood-Lake View Association
Chicago Tabernacle
The Radio Church
(related to the images above)
Township Tax Receipts 1871-76
K. Langland - taxpayer
City of Lake View Collector
The Boulevard System Map 1887
Edited map that highlights Lincoln Park, the park
When Lake View was a township/city 1854-1889 the City of Chicago and old Lake View shared administrative responsibilities though the Lincoln Park Board of Commissioners that was established by the State of Illinois in 1869. During this time period the southern border of Lake View Township/City was Fullerton Avenue that cemented a relationship between the two until the annexation of the City of Lake View in 1889. Diversey Boulevard (Parkway) was to be the final connecting link to the existing boulevard system - it did not happen.
Graceland Cemetery
in a small font it reads 'Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.'
The mausoleum of Potter Palmer & Bertha Honoré Palmer
The William Deering & Company
Once part of the Township/City of Lake View
a page from a book 
A Deering Farm Journal 1883
William Deering & Company was a major employer in old Lake View. The company once located on Clybourn Avenue from Fullerton to Diversey produced farm equipment that began in 1880. The company merged with International Harvester in 1902. The plant closed in 1933 due to the economic pressures of the Great Depression of 1929.

a correspondence from the owner - both sides

International Harvester
International Harvester postcard ads 1910
William Deering & Company merged with 
International Harvester in 1903
a postcard mailer - World War I
 the front cover 
the actual size of the mailer package
a fold-out view of the several mini-postcard images 
 a zoomed-in view of one of the images above 
with front cover of the package
Comic Chicago Postcards
by Curt Teich


Northwestern Terra Cotta Company 
Curtiss Candy Company
a zoomed view
the other side of the same puzzle
with a zoomed view below
the original envelope to the original buyer
Reed's Candy
Croname, Inc.
This company was once located on the northwest corner of Ravenswood East Avenue & Grace - 3701 N Ravenswood Avenue. This over-sized (13.5 x 10) fifty-six paged 50th year anniversary booklet is a symbol when employees were regarded as family of that time period when employees could retire from the same company that they were hired. This company moved to Niles, Illinois in 1958 ending a fifty-eight reign in our neighborhood of Lake View.
American Colortype Company
for F.W. Woolworth Company
Paper Furniture Cut-outs Booklet
Century of Progress Mailer

Modern Transit
Broadway-State Streetcar
 unknown location
Belmont to Central Avenue Streetcar
location unknown
the actual size of this photo is 2x3 inches
Ravenswood Train at Paulina Platform
a 1986 image on a 5x7 reproduction

Belmont Station 1960's?
Chicago Transit Authority Ticket
The Belmont CTA Station 
in 1982 
Belmont (Yacht) Harbor
The descriptor on back side of this postcard indicates to
 me that this postcard dates about mid 1910's; no later than 1923.The expansion of Lincoln Park, the park, only reached Cornelia Street by 1914. The year before Belmont Harbor was opened to the public. Apparently, the manufacturer of the postcard called Motor Boat Harbor for a lack of a better name. The other possibility is this could be Diversey Harbor that was open to the public during the same time period.

Advertisement 1925
an advertisement highlighting
Belmont Yacht Harbor in 1925
insert to the above image
and a 1932 advertisement below
with view north toward Melrose Street
Weeks before the 1929 Stock Market crash a pre-winter storm destroyed many parts of the lake shore including the harbor. Early that spring the worst spring storm to date ravaged North Avenue to Evanston Township.
postmarked 1931 
unknown date but prior to the WPA project of 1937-41 that expanded and widen the Outer Drive
unknown date -  1930's 40's??

photography with certification 1940
Highlights the harbor and the Outer Drive a year of so prior to the construction of the Belmont Overpass and the end of the WPA 1937-41 North Lake Shore project.

United Airlines photo postcard - late 50's to early 60's?
Sheridan Road
postmarked 1907
It is my claim that this postcard reflects the location of Grace Street & Sheridan Road just before the construction of Belmont Harbor. The harbor was opened to the public by 1913 & probably at the same time period of Diversey Harbor.
This postcard is not a complete certainty due to the postmark of 1936 and the exact view. This section of Sheridan Road was renamed (inner) Lake Shore Drive in 1931. 
Double Decking Along Sheridan Road
Imagine touring through old Lake View along Sheridan Road
Note: The Township/City of Lake View once stretched from Devon to Fullerton Avenues, Western to the lakefront
Lake View Phone Exchange Parlor

Rutter & Company
A coal yard along the former Chicago-Milwaukee RR- Evanston branch once located east of Belmont to Melrose
(a 1923 Sanborn Fire Map edit for clarity)
Lake View Exchange Building
 1906 posted postcard with a pre 1909 address
North Lake Shore Drive @ Melrose
North Lake Shore Drive had traffic issues before the Outer Drive was expanded and widen during the WPA project of 1937-1941. The last segment of the project was the construction of the Belmont Overpass that was open to the public by 1942. Notice the Belmont beach in this photo. 
Real Estate Brochures

Chicago Rapid Transit 
precursor to the CTA 1913-47
 this is a 1942 war year pamphlet 
The map highlights the northward expansion of Lincoln Park only to Foster Avenue at that time
This railway once connected Lake View with Milwaukee
from the current Belmont Station platform
The North Shore Line - Belmont Station

The Photo Studios on Belmont Avenue
Radium Studio
There were a couple of photo studios on the 800 block of Belmont Avenue. Radium was one of them @ 847 Belmont
Belmont Studio
 Lake View Post Office Postmark
The original post office was located at the first 'Old Town Hall' at the northwest corner of Addison & Halsted Streets

A Post 1909 Address Business Postcard 
also postmarked Lake View Station
The original Old Town Hall was replaced by a police district station by 1907 so not sure the location as of 1909
 owner typed in the address change of the business when the City of Chicago realigned most of the streets in city by 1909
The Lake View Women's Club
A Pioneer Woman Medal 1940

The Chateau Apartments
apparently now the Gill Park location
Temple Sholom
Buena Memorial Presbyterian Church
 the first church on the corner of Broadway & Sheridan Road
Mayor 'Big Bill' Thompson
1894 - 1923
postdated 1903
the outside entertainment space 1911
the inside entertainment space - unknown date
The inside space was called the Marigold Room by 1915 the name of the establishment was anglo-ized to the name of the main room - Marigold Gardens due to resentment of Germans during the first world war. 
Marigold Ballroom
(former Bismarck Gardens)
 a 4 page program booklet
The Boxing & Wrestling Venue
(former Bismarck Gardens)
By the 1930's through the mid century Marigold Gardens, formerly Bismarck Gardens was the one of the largest and popular boxing/wrestling arenas in the Midwest.
and the reverse side below
From The Rienza Cafe
postmarked 1908
The Rienza Cafe was another German owned and managed beer gardens much like the Bismarck Gardens. The cafe was located on the northeast corner of Diversey & Broadway-once called Evanston Avenue. This establishment would evolve into a residential hotel a few yards east of the original.
To The Hotel Rienza 
from a beer garden cafe to hotel
This hotel was built just east of the original building, 
east of Broadway on Diversey Parkway
 The Commonwealth Hotel
The Belmont Hotel
currently called the Belmont Reside Apartments
 The Surf Hotel
an advertisement from probably from a magazine
currently called the Pine Grove Apartments
note: the reverse side is blank & not shown
Park Lane Apartment Hotel
The Commonwealth Hotel
Belair Hotel

Frank Helsing's 
Carl Swanson's Tavern
The Desert Inn 
Illinois Masonic Hospital
when smoking a cigarette was not a big deal
Chicago Coin Company Brochure
Ink Blotter Advertisers
The term ink blotter refers either to a handheld rocking device or simple blotting paper, both used to absorb excess ink...read more from CW Collectors Weekly.
Belmont-Lincoln Shopping District
postmarked 1956
Before the suburban malls and the Mag Mile there were local commercial districts throughout the city. The Lincoln-Belmont & Ashland was most popular in the north-side.  
 Lake View Savings & Trust Bank
A Receipt
Lake View Prescription Laboratory, Inc.
The YMCA Lake View
Lake View Presbyterian Church
the only church that exists today 
from Lake View's township time period
St. Alphonsus Church

Nettelhorst Elementary School
the second building was built in front of the original in 1893
Ravenswood Elementary School
postmarked 1912
The original name of this school was Sulzer School that was established when Lake View was a township and when Ravenwood was a well known community within the old township. The original and the second school were both located on the same parcel - Montrose & Paulina Avenue. 
Lake View Avenue Homes 
Fullerton Avenue was once the south border to the township/city of Lake View
Marine Hospital
now the general location of Walt Disney School between Clarendon and Marine Drive, Montrose to Sunnyside 
Baptist Missionary Training School
View of the original building to the right of postcard
 view of the from Irving Park Road and Ashland Avenue
 Lake View Swedish 
Evangelical Lutheran Mission
know at the time of this photo as
The Lake View Free Church
located at Kenmore & School 
Math Igler's Casino
remembered for its' singing wait staff
a menu & placemat 1950's

Schwaben Stube
Gastis (Swedish) Restaurant

Ann Sather
the original location @ 925 W Belmont Avenue
Marty's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge

The Sheridan Cocktail Lounge
Zum Deutschen Erk 

a song pamphlet
the cover
 inside foldout
zoomed sing-a-longs 
some sing-a-longs
Isbell's on Diversey Parkway
A 1947 Menu
Victorian House Restaurant

 Old Hickory Inn

Walgreen Drug Store Envelope
 the actual size below
The Ivanhoe Theater
the captions to some postcards highlight a good bio 
of any establishment that the owner wishes to market 
to  existing and potential patrons much like this one above
another great marketing & advertising tool were matchbooks that most often would give a user a bio of the establishment
according to size
and now in pages ...
 a mailer side portion - 1971
The Ivanhoe apparently began as a speakeasy, then restaurant and more importantly one of the first playhouses in the country that blended a formal dining experience with a live theatre performance. This establishment took the Bismarck Gardens experience to another level in overall entertainment. The Ivanhoe was located on Clark Street and Wellington currently Binny's - part of the original structure remains as of 2016 but needing some tender loving care.
 this page highlights the seating arrangement 
in the playhouse theater
Mayor 'Big Bill' Thompson Song Sheet

The Condos - 1970's
 3550 to 3600 LSD condo buildings 1974
This was the beginning of the era of the condo's when new rules of ownership were established throughout the city.
zoomed from above image
The Cold War @ Belmont Harbor
a press photo shoot
The Cold War was a period a non-war aggression between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1950's and early 60's. Nike Missiles protected most large cities across the United States with one located in both Belmont and Montrose Harbors. The missiles were located at Belmont Harbor and the 'control center' at Montrose Harbor.
New Town
During the last 60's to early 80's 
a section of Lake View East was called New Town 
by Wrigley Field
S&H Stamps
from my mother's possessions
Student Union Protest 1961
University of Chicago Students
the negative
 The Chicago Cardinals was football team that had a brief home-game residence at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
 Gabby was manager of the Cubs from 1938 -1940 
after a long career on the field
a electric sound system was installed in 1926 
but before that the horn was used 

 a retro postcard that highlights the old caretakers house
vintage photo on a more modern postcard

The George Brace Collection of WF
These postcards are reproductions and were purchased 
as a package deal through Ebay. 
Players, vintage cars, and the old caretakers house
a once every Friday affair
1945 World Series Pin
Wrigley Field Press Photos
(click to enlarge text)

The Four Kodak Views 1953

Billy Williams & Ernie Banks probably 1959

below photo
Ernie Banks and Pearl Jam Concert 2013
A Cubs News Mailer
above 1936 & below 1946

 a total of four pages 1946
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis 1951
this program booklet is of a card-board 8 x 11.5 quality 

Merry 'Dance' Gardens

an album of memorabilia ...



an album page
and below a song sheet
Ferris Wheel Park
taken from High 'Suicide' Bridge
 This fold out postcard highlights Ferris Wheel Park in the far distance. This amusement park was located in the area of Wrightwood Avenue and Clark Street in what was
referred at this time as the District of Lake View after the annexation to the City of Chicago in 1889.
these reproduction 2 prints were taken at 
A Riverview Ticket 1948
Across the street in the
Community of Buena Park
The Magazines:
Bears vs Green Bay @ Wrigley Field
an open letter from the coach 




The Lights of Wrigley Field
Cubs Roster 1970

Shoe's View of Wrigley Field 1988

The Gay Chicago Magazine 
The folks who lived & visited Boystown 
needed news & events information. 
This was the most popular magazine 
for the 'gay' community
this 2001 publication marked the 25th year 
of service to the LBGT (gay) community
The Books:
The Lakefront in 1872
individual pages of a book
This page (the only page from Ebay) indicates the condition of the shoreline from the urban area of the existing City of Chicago mentioning summer villas like the Lake View Hotel that began as a resort and later meeting area for real estate deals between the years 1854-1890ish. The hotel was once located on Grace Street and the now inner Lake Shore Drive.
I bought these two pages (apparently torn from a 8x10 book of an unknown title) to indicate a different topography that existed prior to the late 19th century when bluffs overlooking the lake were the norm in particularly from Lake View Township/City northward. The resort or summer villa that coined the township, the Lakeview House (hotel) faced the lakefront overlooking a bluff probably scretching north beyond Montrose Avenue - apparently one of many.
Tales of the Chicago Mackinac
The Outer Drive Chicago 1929
Lake Michigan Yachting Association 
Belmont Harbor Club House 1957 - lower photo
note: an 'Anchorage' is a 'suitable place to anchor a boat'
Chicago, The City Garden
by Andreas Simon 1893
Directory of the Public Schools 
 some of the pages ...
Graceland Cemetery
A Chicago Firehouse
Engine 78
Mayor 'Big Bill' Thompson
a resident of Lake View
This book was published in 1954
 Wanted to known as a builder
Advertised as a reform ...
... but the label never stuck ...
  ... and vehemently anti-British
They were residents of Lake View along Belmont Harbor
in the Lockby Apartments once located on the northwest corner of Sheridan Road (inner LSD) and Belmont Avenue.
If there could be a equivalent to a deva politician it would be Republican maverick Donald Trump. He was high drama who hated the British and support the first African-American candidate for alderman... who won, by the way. He was a pro-business Republican, no matter what type of business at may have been - illegal or not. 
Lake View Lutheran Church Booklet
The original church before the one on Addison
only selective pages shown - no cover to booklet
Lake View Savings and Loan
"My Old Home"
front cover of booklet with notation in pencil
highlights in pencil 
apparently the second building
rendition of the third building with floor plans below
back cover of booklet same as front
Victoria (Vic) Theater

Turn Verien Lincoln 
Anniversary Booklet 
currently the Lincoln Park Athletic Club & when Fullerton Avenue was the border with the City of Chicago prior to 1889
 the Chicago mayor in 1935 is the below image
Chicago Today 1938
published by Curt Teich

'to be the world largest city by 1968'

View of Belmont Harbor

the publisher of this booklet

Lake View Trust & Savings
This bank was once located in the shopping district of Belmont-Lincoln & Ashland
 currently the location of Whole Foods
LaSalle Bank - Lake View
The Illinois Masonic Hospital Association
School of Nursing Booklet 
Lake View High School Gradebook 
Lake View High School 1928
Semi-Annual Yearbook
This semi-annual year book was published for the first half of 1928 academic year. These images reflect the clubs and athletic groups established during this time.
This yearbook was published during an Era of Prohibition and speakeasy’s, Al Capone, and Mayor Big Bill Thompson – his third term. Chicago was not done mastering the Chicago River – 1928 was the year engineers ‘straighten’ the river in order to expand the downtown area a bit. Nationally, the 1920’s was time of limited European migration, urban change with the mass production of the automobile – 27 million of them by 1930 according to Urban Policy in the Twentieth Century America. As a side-note with the popularity of the automobile and the increase of traffic the streetcars were beginning to be viewed as less important. Also, this was a presidential election year that pitted Herbert Hoover against Al Smith, a Catholic and anti-prohibitionist lost the Electoral College vote to Hoover 444 to 87 that November.
The Athletic Section
(click image to enlarge)
Activities Section
(click image to enlarge)
from LakeView Historical-Facebook album
Additional Comments
Lori Trentanelli, a contributor to LakeView Historical-Facebook, mentioned that “It [yearbook] was published twice a year because students changed classes on a semester basis, even on the elementary level. An example would be 2B as second grade first half, followed by 2A for second grade second half.”
Geralee Hedrick Barthelme, a contributor to LakeView Historical-Facebook, mentioned that “My class, 1968, only had one yearbook that year, June '68. First year [for the] only June graduations!”
Lake View High School Yearbook 
Boys Only 1917
(click image to enlarge)
Lake View High School Yearbook 
Girls Only 1918
(click image to enlarge)
 and something to remember!
zoomed a section below
A Nettelhorst School Story 2009

transforming the culture of a school once on the skids
working with the neighborhood
Lunchroom entrance & a first floor hallway
  decorating the main doors to the building
example of hallway walls
The Lake View Saga 
This was first of what was to be a series 
of books about historical Lake View
The Lake View Saga 
This was second of what was to be a series 
of books about historical Lake View
The Hidden History 
of Ravenswood & Lake View 
 Lake View: Images of America
The Great Conflagration
Chicago Fire of 1871
a personal note from a friend - book as gift
a fold-out map - green area scope of fire 
The Annals of Chicago
A tale of Chicago 1832-1876
 a page sample below
Town[ship] of Lake View
Revised Ordinances
Reason for a Boystown
220 pages worth 
The Ideal 
[a dry goods store]
full page advertisement
Shop 'til You Drop! or ...

Einkaufen bis zum Umfallen!

at a store called IDEAL owned by a Miss AA Wieboldt  http://ow.ly/szR930clcfw

once located at the pre 1909 address of 88 W Fullerton Avenue. The post 1909 address is 1608 W Fullerton Avenue now long gone.

 the translation below ...
Sheridan Road was a linked to this fort that would allow federal troops access to central Chicago during
 labor unrest in the late 19th century
The fort was decommissioned for a private development
The Bathing Beaches 

location unknown but you get the idea - nothing but beach

Near the 'High Bridge' or @ at Diversey Beach

 Fullerton Avenue Bathing Beach
only for children with observing mothers
Diversey Avenue Bathing Beach

Clarendon Municipal Bathing Beach

Wilson Avenue Bathing Beach 
This was a members only beach, hence private
Montrose-Wilson Bathing Beach
Maybe called that after the Montrose Harbor 
was established and some of its original beach remaining
Edgewater Beach & Hotel 
 Established in 1887 in the Township of Lake View north of the existing park, Lincoln Park, just north of Fullerton Avenue
Harbors to the South & North

Diversey Avenue Golf Course

Lincoln Park, the Park 
Most the postcards date between the 1880's to 1910's.
when prominent citizens of Lake View had influence in the administration of the park.
 the lagoons were apparently once referred to as the 'canal'
 a wooden bridge - 1870's according to Ebay

Lincoln Park Conservatory
from 1870- 1910
a stereograph image - front and back
scene of garden from the Palm House-Conservatory
The original name of the Conservatory was the Palm House
men in the the Palm House
this photo looking south of the Palm House which was the original name of the current conservatory building 
the second building and initially called the Palm House

Lincoln Park Zoo
from 1870-1915

is actually a Axis Deer (also known as Chital) from India according to Peter Boul, a member of the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association. He states that the author Robert May, the author of the book 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer', observed them at Lincoln Park zoo and was inspired to write the song we know today.
A Monuments of Lincoln Park
from 1870-1905
 The Abraham Lincoln Monument
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Monument 
The Alarm
originally called The Indian Monument
another view of it
Signal of Peace
 Shakespeare Monument
The Eugene Field Monument
 Ulysses S. Grant Monument

Hans Christian Andersen Monument 
 Robert Cavelier de LaSalle Monument
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller Monument
Robert Cavelier de LaSalle Monument

at another angle
Benjamin Franklin Monument
 Carl von LinnĂ© Monument
a cannon from the Spanish-American War 
& for some reason no longer in the park ...
I am still searching for a postcard of this monument 
when it was located in Lincoln Park
The Missing Monuments of Lincoln Park
1894 -1919
This bridge was once located a few blocks south of Fullerton Avenue. By the 1910's the High Bridge earned a new referred name - Suicide Bridge to high volume of lives lost as the postcard indicates below. See link title for more info.

probably a south view of the lagoons from the bridge 
View from the High Bridge of the Drive
the original name to this section of this roadway
was called Breakwater and Carriage Drive

Excursion off the Lakefront
 Once located near Fullerton Avenue 
and a few blocks south of the High Bridge

My Other Collectables
Geography: Swinton's Primary - 1879
This is an elementary lesson book published eight years 
after the Chicago Fire of 1871. Let's begin with our general local as described in this book - 'Central, or Western States'.
If you would like to see more of this lesson book email me at lvhistorical@gmail.com - subject 'Geo book'. 
Besides the lesson book is a globe I purchased that 
dates between 1939 -1944 both from Ebay 
I begin with the Central States
 The map accompanied with the text below
 Sample of some of the lessons: 2 pages
The most dominate culture at the time 
in the City of Chicago was European so more pages 
in this book were devoted to Europe
with a special attention to Central Europe aka Germany
I was more than interest
 in how the publisher dealt with Africa
A Gift from a Contributor
George Kelly, a supporter of my historical Facebook fan page called 'LakeView Historical', mailed this postcard to me as a gift to me and the other supports of my site - a major thanks!
Beginning of Another Collection??
vintage 3 cent stamps on an envelope from one of the sellers of the postcards list above

This the End of my Collection
for now!

Post Notes:
1) Postcards like anything else have a history.
2) My plan is to one day donate my collection to a historical association that I belong as one of the directors of the 
Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association. I hope to exhibit this collection at the Sulzer Regional Library.

Important Note:
These posts are exclusively used for educational purposes. I do not wish to gain monetary profit from this blog nor should anyone else without permission for the original source - thanks!
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