March 13th, 2014

CPL Throwback Thursday - Chicago - A Film from the Chicago Board Of Education, Circa 1940’s

H/T to reddit:

This is a film I found at an estate sale on the south side of Chicago. It merely said “Chicago” and “Print 1” on the canister. I bought it because I was intrigued as to what might live inside.

Well, its hard to say exactly what this is. Its a film by the Chicago Board Of Education, produced sometime in the 1940s. I only know this because the narrator died in a horrible plane wreck around that time. Its hard to say the purpose of the film; it could be geared towards tourism or to entice companies to come to Chicago. This film could have just been used in the classroom. I’m not entirely sure.

The great thing about this film reel, is all the different views of the city they give. If you have any more info on this, I would love to know!

There is some absolutely beautiful footage of Chicago in this piece. What a treasure, so glad it was unearthed! Watch the film below!

Chicago - A Film from the Chicago Board Of Education from Fading Dyes on Vimeo.

January 16th, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Lake View Branch Library, Circa June 9th, 1942

The Lake View Branch Library was designated a bomb shelter at its opening on September 12, 1942. Large barrels of crackers and emergency supplies were found in the basement of the building nearly 40 years later, as the Library was preparing the building for renovation. The box-like 1940s architecture of the Lake View Branch Library’s facade changed with a 1988 renovation: a glassed greenhouse-style loggia with an entrance ramp to the building’s brick front was constructed, along with a new elevator, a first floor children’s library, and a new auditorium. The library’s name was changed at the opening of the newly renovated building to the John Merlo Branch Library, after a past Alderman and State Senator.

November 14th, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The Chicago Public Library Information Service, Circa 1993

How would you settle a bet over how many career triples Pete Rose had? Or what’s the primary export of Peru? Where would you go to find the answer? These days, we’d just turn to the internet, where almost all of recorded human knowledge is collected and readily available at our fingertips. The Internet has drastically changed our ability to find and research even the most trivial of topics, so it’s almost astonishing to think that just twenty years ago, you would have had to call the library.

In 1993, Doug Sawyer and Wendy Miller went to the Harold Washington Library to document the Chicago Public Library Information Service for a segment for Chicago Slices. The footage never made it to air, and this unique service soon faded into relative obscurity as internet search engines outpaced its usefulness. Thankfully, it hasn’t been forgotten.

The raw tape survived and has now been digitized through the support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and supporters like you. So take a moment and look back into a past nearly forgotten, and reflect on just how much change can happen in 20 short years.

Watch the full video here!

Thanks to Reddit Chicago for this amazing find!

October 24th, 2013

R.L. Stine Reddit AMA Highlights

Yesterday, author R.L. Stine did an AMA (Here is what an AMA is if you aren’t familiar) on Reddit. Below are some of the highlights:

 What made you decide to write an adult horror novel after so many years of scaring kids?

So many of my original readers are now in their 20s and 30s. I wanted to write a book for them.

Did it make you happy knowing you deprived me and countless others sleep for weeks?

Yes, it did.

Which book would you say was your favorite to write?

The Slappy books are most fun to write because I get to be rude and insulting.

Did you ever meet or hang out with Christopher Pike in real life?

I spent one very weird day with Christopher Pike back in the 90’s.

If there is one book that you wish you wrote yourself instead of the original author, what would it be?

Harry Potter

Have you had any person supernatural experiences, either before or after Goosebumps?

Once when I was an editor at Scholastic, I was sitting at my desk when I felt myself rising up from my body. I floated up to the ceiling and looked down on myself sitting at my desk below. It lasted only a few seconds and never happened again. No drugs were involved.

Which book, to you, was your “best” work (from the goosebumps collection)?

Wanted: The Haunted Mask. I’m very proud of that one, even though it’s a sequel.

What is your favorite horror novel?

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

What was the scariest moment in your life?

When I lost my 3-yr-old son at the NY Auto Show.

What’s your very best life advice?

Don’t eat the yellow snow.

Click here to read the rest of the R.L. Stine AMA!

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