January 09, 2020

Blogger/Sources/Blog Post List

With over 70 Topical Posts
Researcher and Blogger 
Garry Albrecht 
The Reason for this Blog
On the corner of Stratford Place and (inner) Lake Shore Drive is Sholom Temple to the north of the block with their parking lot to the south. The Sholom Temple's parking lot is surrounded by six foot tall black ornate metal fence that could have graced historical Hawthorne Place District located one block south of Stratford Place. I was curious about the over-sized lot behind the stately fence. At that moment, I decided I needed to know more about this parking lot and began to research what that building must have looked like within the parking lot fence. This initial narrowly scoped research project of mine was to become a broader research project of my entire neighborhood of Lake View from its beginnings. Due to my membership to the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association (one of several Board members) I have sprinkled some photos from the Ravenswood area with it was part of the old township/city of Lake View. I hope you enjoy my adventure and that same adventure becomes yours. 
505 Stratford Place
This blog has 80 topical posts adding more information and text all the time. I could have done a better job on formatting and geo-tagging. I am constantly trying to correct this deficit. Some posts are directly related to others and noted on each post. I began this quest in 2007 and will continue until I find a university library willing to adopt this work of mine. Also, the reader may have to click on an image or article for an enlargement in order to read it. 
I have assembled a collection of my own postcards, press photos, books, and other collectibles that are in four posts that can be found on the right side-bar of each post. The viewer of the blog will need to click on the right side bar to discover all 70 posts. So, click on the year & then the month & then the post. I have tried to place these post in some sort of chronically order. One of my favorite posts is called
Beer Gardens & Groves
My favorite entry in that post is about one of the largest entertainment spots on the north-side, Bismarck Gardens.
I am a Board of Director Member 
Members of Board of the Directors
The Association has a board with directors and three officers elected annually by the membership. 
The 2017 directors & officers are/were:
Patrick Butler, President
 Dayle Murphy, Vice President
Leah Steele, Secretary/Treasurer
Dorena Wenger, Program Chairperson
Garry Albrecht, Director
Peter von Buol, Director
Marcella Kane, Director
Carolyn Bull, Director
Ron Roenigk, Director
Jon Stromsta, Director

One day I would like to branch out and establish 
a non-profit association of my own.
I am not the best writer/typist
so, there may be grammatical or spelling errors, so forgive me and correct me. I may discover new insights in the future, so I regard this blog as a ''living document" to be reshaped by further research and readers' contributions that can be added to any post commentary section provided on the bottom of each post. Everyone is free to contact me on any questions that you may have on the subject of  vintage Lake View as well as the resources used in this blog by emailing me at  lvhistorical@gmail.com 
I do have a Facebook page called LakeView Historical that is used to created album narratives from the information collected in my blog as well as information regarding our neighborhood. Also, feel free to use Twitter using the hashtag #LakeViewHistorical, as spelled. 
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On the bottom of every post 
is the following in bold type:
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
 me hiding out in Andersonville in 2011
According to my readings the integration of the City of Lake View into the City of Chicago took awhile. I guessing almost a decade. This was a period in time that the former city was referred to as the 'District of Lake View' until the City of Chicago adopted the 'community areas' concept we call neighborhoods. I tend to save photos & articles outside the neighborhood of Lake View if this important to Lake View's story.  I stopped when the City of Chicago adopted the neighbor concept by the 1930 census. It's an arbitrary line of distinction for me and my collecting process.
Once a year I exhibit my private collection at Sulzer Regional Library in the month of October
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 My Sources:
The photos I post in this blog reflect the location found and not the original publication or original distributors of the photo. I did this to encourage others to clean-out their storage closets & attics and find anything related to this subject. Below are web resources I explored for this blog. 
I have referred back to these sources from time to time. 
 Online Sources
(subject to change) 
Explore Chicago Collections
Chicago Public Library - Northside Neighborhoods
Ravenswood - Lake View Community Collection
Robert W Krueger Collection
William C Brubaker Collection
Edgewater Historical Society
Chicago Public Library - Newspapers
(library card # access)
(Volume 9)
(west of Western Avenue)
Sanborn Fire Maps 1923 only
(Volume 9)
NETR Historical Aerials 1939-2011
Chicago Street Re-Numbering
Chicago Street Name Changes
Chicago Ward Maps
Chicago Alderman and Wards
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune - Classic Wrigley Field
Chicago History Museum - Wrigley Field
Explore Chicago Collection - Wrigley Field
Wrigley Ivy.com
Wrigley Report-Facebook
Chicago Cubs Yesterday and Today
Lake View Saga 1837-1985
Lake View Saga 1985-2005
Chicago Street Changes 1909
Chuckman Collection
Chicago History in Postcards
History of Postcards
Chicago History in Pictures
Chicago Historical Schools
CTA Calendars
Jazz Age Chicago
The Chicagoan
Calumet 412

a century of marvelous growth
Cook County, Illinois: with portraits
Art Institute of Chicago Digital Collection
Library of Congress - Chicago
University of Illinois Carli - IDOT Collection
University of Illinois-Chicago Library
University of Illinois-Chicago Photographic Images of Change
Ryerson & Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection
Digital Research Library of Illinois History
Chicago and Its Suburbs 1873 p.343
Chicago and its Environs 1893
Township of Lake View 1879
Township of Lake View 1885-86
Township of Lake View Treasurer 1879 Report
Chicago Telephone Directory 1892
Northwestern Terra Cotta Catalogue
Lincoln Park Report 1894
Lincoln Park Report 1899
Chicago, The Garden City 
(Lincoln Park, Boulevards & Cemeteries)
Chicago and Cook County Cemeteries
Chicago City Rail Lines 1897
Lake View   Pumping Stations & Crib
Chicago Highways: old and new
Picturesque Chicago
Moving Picture World
Curbed Chicago - Lake View
Southport Corridor News and Events & blog
Chicago Cityscape
Chicago Patterns
Chicago Real Estate Local
Calumet 412
Chicago Sojourn
Building Up Chicago
Google Map Viewer
Google Map Earth
Yo Chicago
Moss Design
Chicago Past
Chicago History Museum
The Newberry Library
Forgotten Chicago
Forgotten Chicago-Facebook

Living History of Illinois & Chicago - Facebook

Old Maps online collection
University of Chicago Digital Collection - Map Collection
W.L Flowers Map 1862 - Library of Congress
David Rumsey Map Collection 1869
Library of Congress Cook County Map 1870
David Rumsey Map Collection 1887
Social Scientists Maps
Chicago Architecture Data
Chicago History Museum
(Chicago Daily News Archives 1902-1933) 
SAIC Digital Collections
Chicago History in Pictures
IDOT Chicago Photographs UIC

Swedish - American Historical Quarterly
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
Chicago Gay History
Lake View Patch Facebook Album
Lake View Citizens Council
Chicago History Today  
WBEZ 91.5 - Curiouscity
Bob Rehak Photography
WTTW - Baer Tours
Chicago Landmarks
Chicago History Today - John Schmidt
Evanston History Center
Edgewater Historical Society
Chicago Historic Schools
Chicago "L"
Encyclopedia of Chicago
Connecting the Windy City
Chicago Past
The Man on Five
Chicago Sojourn
Chsmedia - Chicago Streets
Chsmedia - Street Renumbering
Old Chicago
Historic Images Outlet
Urban Remains
Hip Postcard
Block Club Chicago
DNAinfo Lake View & Wrigleyville
(out of business November 2017)
DNAinfo Boystown
(out of business November 2017)

Google-books Sources:
1) Chicago and it's Suburbs by Everett Chamberlin published in 1874. Please scroll to page 343 to start from the beginning. This publication, as well as the next one covers the Township of Lake View. The community/neighborhood of Ravenswood is also mentioned on page 370.
2) History of Cook County: The History of Lake View  Township by Theodore Andreas published in 1884 - begin on page 708. The Community of Ravenswood is mentioned on page 712.
3) Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture 
 of the Chicago Cubs published in 2008 has more modern prospective of the Community of Lake View.

images from the book - photos Ebay
Within the RLVS website is a pdf of the book that was first written about the area by Stephen Bedell Clark in 1974 and with the latest edition by Pat Bulter published in 1985.
Helen Zatterberg wrote a manuscript in 1937 about the neighborhood of Lake View that most have been the inspiration for Mr. Clark - I guessing her inspiration was Illinois historian Theodore Andreas.
 Historical Association Founder
Helen Zatterberg  
Ms. Zatterberg help found the Ravenswood-Lake View History Society in 1934. I am member of the now called Association as well as one of the Board of Directors.
article written and submitted by Helen Zatterberg
who was the Secretary-Historian of the Ravenswood-Lake View Association in 1940.The collectibles of old Lake View and Ravenswood are housed in the Sulzer Regional Library, a member library of Chicago Public Library system initially once housed at Hild Library in Lincoln Square neighborhood. The 'Society' originally had its own building on the corner of Montrose and Hermitage Avenue. - image below.
The Homes of the
Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association
the first location of the collection
 the second location of the collection
with the third location below
 the current location of the library
Sulzer Regional Library - 1985
the collection is housed in its own section of the library
photos - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection 
in library's lobby

Day One at Sulzer Library in 1985

My Exhibit in 2017
Sulzer Regional Library had an 'open house' that year and I was invited to show some of my collection
My Personal Collection
When I had the money to collected memorabilia about the history of Lake View I did most of my purchased mostly from Ebay between 2017-2018. I still collect but not that extensively. View my entire collection from the link above.
the book collection
the album collection
memorabilia stuffed in my closet
The Normatic Historian
Any organisation who needs me email me at
Tools for my Collection
 stereoscope viewer

 slide scanner

Post Notes: 
Explore the countless photography from various contributors of Lake View from Flickr, as a starter mosaic to my over eighty blog posts on the subject of Lake View. 
The Name and addresses
Finding street addresses and street names in Chicago prior to 1909 can be a bit a task. This video can help that process along. This pdf file is the bible of discovery on address changes and this pdf is a quick and easy way of finding the history of names of the streets in Chicago. 
My Other Blog
I moved to Oak Lawn in 2014 to live with my 90ish old father leaving Lake View far behind, unfortunately. In 2020 due to the boredom of the Covid-19 virus I drafted a short history of Oak Lawn along with my family's history when they moved to it in 1955 to the present. Contrary to the Lake View Blog this one is rather short having only four posts.
The List of Posts

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 from the original source - thanks!

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