April 14th, 2014

“You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff.”

On April 14th, 1939 Viking Press published The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. 

Happy 75th birthday to a classic! 

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.

March 1st, 2014

Winter Classic Remix


When the Bears played in the home of the Blackhawks. 

Chicago Bears vs. Portsmouth Spartans. First indoor football game. Chicago Stadium, Dec 18, 1932. 

Via ChicagoBears.com 

Reblogged from The Man On Five
February 7th, 2014

Stanley Kubrick’s Chicago

From reddit/r/chicago:

Few people know that before he started making movies, Stanley Kubrick was a star photojournalist. In the summer of 1949, Look magazine sent him to Chicago to shoot pictures for a story called “Chicago City of Contrasts.”

State Street, Chicago 1949

Original caption: Chicago’s theater district, lined with marquees, has been forbidden to show “vulgar” plays. But the strip-tease girls still flourish on West Madison.

Click here to see more photos from Kubrick’s “Chicago City of Contrasts” series!

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