Snail's Postcard Post

Chicago 1940-1950

IMG_9049I love hand colored night views. This postcard is probably from 1941. Note the raised bridge as the boat passes through.IMG_9050IMG_9051IMG_9054IMG_9055Previously called Municipal Pier, as seen in earlier postcards (see 1910s Chicago post). Made more sense, didn’t it? IMG_9056IMG_9059IMG_9060IMG_9061

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Dear Eoba: This used to be quite a spot, but the gayety has been taken out of it on account of conditions–it you know what I mean. Will you pardon me while I rush out and try my first lesson on some poor victim. Had a very quite nice holiday with my pal–my uncle. Enjoyed it very much. Will write you a letter soon. Love Hannah.

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Born in Belgium in 1872, the University of Washington (Seattle) archives has the diary, clippings, and correspondence of one Bernard J. Baes in Coxey’s Army. The mid-1890’s saw an economic depression in U.S., starting with the Panic of 1893. Inspired by an Ohio businessman named Jacob Coxey, in 1894, hundreds of unemployed men joined in the first major protest march to Washington D.C. Bernard Baes set out with a group from California in March 1894. His diary records  the group’s progress through San Antonio, Texas.  

The 1920 and 1940 U.S. Censuses shows Bernard settled in Seattle, with his wife Engla Baes (born in Sweden), to whom Agnes wrote this postcard. Engla would have been 76 years old when she received the card.

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In the 1940s and ’50s, the Allerton had a top-floor lounge called the Tip Top Tap which popularized the Moscow mule. Now the Warwick Allerton Hotel, there are plans to reopen the Tip Top Tap.

IMG_9022IMG_9023IMG_9024The bandshell here no doubt saw some swinging times in the 1940s. The Edgewater Beach Hotel had its own radio broadcast, hosting the biggest names in big bands–Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Artie Shaw. The guest list wasn’t too shabby either–Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis, Tallulah Bankhead, Marilyn Monroe… 

IMG_9044IMG_9045IMG_9046IMG_9019Note the address style phone number at the topIMG_9020IMG_9021IMG_8999IMG_9000IMG_9001IMG_8986IMG_8987IMG_8988IMG_8978IMG_8979Well, that’s it for Mike Falcon’s vintage Chicago postcards. Check back soon for the final antique cards we have to see from his collection.

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