Views of Chicago and Vicinity

Chicago at the dawn of the 20th century.

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“Situated at the most strategic point on that greatest of the world’s waterways, the system of the Great Lakes, the city of Chicago has had an unexampled history of growth and progress. Westward the course of empire takes its way, and Chicago is destined to be one of the greatest cities in the world.” [Title Page]

This magnificent group of photographs captures the urban grandeur of Chicago in the very early years of the 1900s. Images of the Union Stockyards, Montgomery Ward Building, Board of Trade, a bustling Haymarket Square, and massive skyscrapers reflect the Windy City’s growing importance as a center of finance and industry. The Newberry Library, numerous parks, Art Institute, and Chicago University all represent efforts towards beautification and a more ‘civilized’ society.

The successful marriage of the two – cultural and economic success – helped Chicago claim the title of the nation’s ‘Second City.’ Published in Toronto by W.G. MacFarlane on behalf of S.H. Knox & Company of Chicago. Printed by Grand Rapids Engraving Company.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1904

Author: W.G. MacFarlane

Sheet Width (in): 9.75

Sheet Height (in): 8

Condition: A-

Condition Description: 48pp. Collection of photographs with gilt embossed gray wraps and stapled binding. Worn and lightly soiled, spine ends chipped, and the contents are starting to pull away from the paper covers. Contents are generally very good, with a bit of scattered light spotting and toning around the outer edges.

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