March 28, 2021

Blogger/Sources/Blog Post List

The Road Map to this Blog
with over 70 Topical Posts
Revised and Updated
Winter 2023
Researcher and Blogger 
Garry Albrecht 
While my blog is to inform, 
my goal is to inspire further research by others
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Why this
On the corner of Stratford Place and (inner) Lake Shore Drive is Temple Sholom that has this inclused parking lot to the south accross the street on Stratford Place. The 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. Living on just a stone-throw away from the temple I was curious about the over-sized lot behind this stately fence. At that moment, I decided I needed to know more about this parking lot and began to research what could have been behind this fence before it became a car lot. 
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. I began with Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association (I am one of several board members) and then branched off from there that would soon include images/photos from contributors from social media pages always trying my best to make sure to credit the contributors. I am constantly updating and editing my work - keeping it real and authenic as possible. 
As subsitute teacher, I welcome constructive criticisms that are meaningfull to my work - to our work! 
the parking lot at 505 Stratford Place
This blog has over 70 topical posts - adding more information and photo/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 at the beginng to each post. I began this research in 2007 in my apartment on Stratford Place and continue my work in Oak Lawn. I will continue until I find a university library willing to adopt this type of online work. 
I have assembled a collection of purchased postcards, press photos, books, and collectibles mostly from Ebay - my offine work. 
I am a Board of Director Member of
Members of Board of the Directors
The Association has a board with directors and three officers elected annually by the membership. 
The 2017 board of directors 
Patrick Butler, President
 Dayle Murphy, Vice President
Leah Steele, Secretary/Treasurer
Dorena Wenger, Program Chairperson
Garry Albrecht, Associate Director
Peter von Buol, Associate Director
Marcella Kane, Associate Director
Carolyn Bull, Associate Director
Ron Roenigk, Associate Director
Jon Stromsta, Associate Director

The Association's Story
My Facebook Page
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 in general. Below is a sample of over 150 Facebook albums on my FB page. 
This blog's domain name
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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 from the original source
 me hiding out in Andersonville in 2011
Historical Coverage includes the township of, city of, district of, and finally the Community of Lake View.
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 refer to as neighborhoods. The territory covered by this blog is Fullerton Avenue to Devon Avenue, Western Avenue to the existing lakefront at that time in history. My focus narrows as after the historical period Lake View became one of the 77 official community areas in the City of Chicago.
A Exhibit 
with Discussion in 2018
'I go on the road'
photos from the exhibit - Garry Albrecht
Once a year I exhibit my private collection at 
Sulzer Regional Library 
in the month of October
4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
in the Community of Lincoln Square
Meeting and Exhibit Room
(my Facebook album)
are Great!!
For example, Carole Kulger-Brennan who lives in California 
donated & shipped her yearbooks to me.
Very thankful!!!
My Home 
Storage Area
in my computer room for now
original painting 
about the 1945 World Series
a reprint view from Lake View Hotel from Newberry Library
 prior to 1890's and on the left original rice paper illustration of the dredging of Belmont Harbor prior to 1916. 
Artwork of Lake View Restaurants:
The Diner on Halsted
Angelina's on Broadway
Yoshi's on Halsted
postcard size
Illustration of 
Lake Shore Drive
 north of Brompton Avenue 
prior to 1940's
zoomed view of the 'History'
I am always discovering new research insights. So, in other words I regard this blog as a ''living document" to be reshaped by further research and readers' contributions. Anyone 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 
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 My Various 
Research 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 units, closets & attics so to discover anything related to this subject. Below are web resources I explored/used for this blog. 
I refer back to these sources from time to time for more information. 
Online Tools
 Online Sources & Resources
*subject to change*
Lake View Saga 1837-1974
(not online yet)
by Pat Butler
(registration required)
(Rascher's Atlas in sections)
Chicago library card # required
Fullerton to Devon
HIG 1887 - Volume 9
(Rascher's Atlas)
Fullerton to Devon
HIG 1891- Volume 10 
(Rascher's Atlas)
(a revised 1886 map)
South of Irving Park Road
HIG 1894  - Volume 9
HIG 1923  - Volume 9
HIG 1950  - Volume 9
(a revised 1923 map)
North of Irving Park Road
South of Fullerton Avenue
West of Western Avenue
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection:
(until 1937)
(from 1923)
Industrial History: C&E: 
(story of 4+1's)
DNAinfo Lake View & Wrigleyville
(out of business November 2017)
DNAinfo Boystown
(out of business November 2017)
Some Facebook Pages 
 Special Magazine Edition
published by the 
Lincoln-Booster Newspaper
and part of my collection
Helen Zatterberg 
written in 1937
by Ravenswood-Lake View (Society) Association 
Founder Helen Zatterberg  
Ms. Zatterberg help established the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical (Society) in 1935. I am member of the now called 'Association' as well as one of its several Board of Directors. 
Below is an account of its founding in 1940
Where the History was/is Stored:
The Homes of the
Ravenswood-Lake View 
Historical Association
this organization that obtains and maintains information 
on the history of Lake View
the first home 
Library Hall was once located at southwest corner of 
Montrose & Hermitage
 the second location of the collection - Hild Library
with the third location below - Sulzer Regional Library
the collection is housed in its own section of the library
photos below - Garry Albrecht
in library's lobby

Day One at Sulzer Library 1985

My First Exhibit 
at Sulzer Library
in 2017
Sulzer (Regional) Library had an 'open house' that year and I was invited to show some of my then private collection. The collection has grown since then. 
My Personal Collection 
at Home in Storage
some of my book collection
some of my album collection
memorabilia stuffed in my closet for future exhibits
The Nomadic Historian
Any organization who needs me for an event can email me at
Vintage Tools 
for the 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 seventy blog posts on the history of Lake View. 

A Neighborhood Awaits
poem by Garry Albrecht

A neighborhood can captivate an endless story,

From its' noble beginnings to nondirectionalness ends,

An historical teller is what I do,

For study it well for its substance and tales,

So to learn and thing or two about for its unpredictable zeniths and its foreseeable predictable miscarries of time,

For history repeats so told for those who doesn't 

listens, studies, and learns.

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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.