Posts Tagged ‘1890s’

Black Dress, Wooden Screen, 1890s

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

A cabinet card portrait of a woman wearing a plan black dress, standing with one hand on an intricately woven bent-wood fireplace screen. The view behind her is a hand-painted backdrop depicting the interior of a house. Portrait by G.T. Hamery of Crookston, Minnesota, late 19th century.

Look At Old Chicago

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Think you know Chicago? This map will probably interest you. Live in old Chicago? You can probably see your house from here. Distributed for the 1893 World’s Exhibition, on this side it shows an entire map of Chicago — which, in pre-automobile-times, was probably as difficult to cross as it is to travel across entire states today. Without Google Maps, AAA, or even a casual knowledge of the city beyond a half-mile, people needed to know how to get from their home to the Expo: a city-wide map was necessary. The back has pictures of various features in the Expo — I may get around to scanning it eventually.