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Picasso

September 17th, 2007 8 comments

The girls and I took the El to Daley Plaza Saturday, and we stopped for a bit to slide down the Picasso. It was a cool day with very low humidity levels, so they picked up quite a bit of speed sliding down the steel sculpture.

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flowers

May 17th, 2007 No comments

The girls and I went to the home depot a few days ago to get some flowers for the deck, and Ellesse wanted to ride in the cart with the flowers she picked – I snapped a pic with the phone.

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L.A. Times and L.A. Daily News photos, 1920-1990

May 14th, 2007 No comments

From the UCLA Library website:

“The UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections has selected and digitized 5,124 of the more than three million images contained in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News photographic archives. The photographs chronicle the history and growth of Los Angeles from the 1920s to 1990.”

Another resource for old and archived photos. Searchable via keyword or subject. Cool.

There are so many amazing photographs here from a town that grew like an uncontrollable weed. So many subjects were covered, and it’s only 5,124 of more than three million images. Here’s a shot of a Southern California freeway from June 21, 1966, with different minimum speeds for different lanes. Imagine enforcing that.

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100 year old photo blog

May 13th, 2007 No comments

I love old photographs. Photos freeze time, and though they are still, they capture life. I discovered a cool photo blog recently (via Chicagoist), called Shorpy. It calls itself “the 100-year-old photo blog.”

There are quite a few older photos here – there are quite a few pics of people, and I quite like looking through them wondering what kind of life these people had. There are also great pics of buildings and cityscapes, and it’s especially cool to see the historic perspective these photos provide. You can search the photo blog using keywords (Chicago, New York, etc.) as well.

Here are a few – though they all deserve to be posted. For quite a few more click the Shorpy link above.

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Easter morning outside church, Southside of Chicago. April 1941.

A wonderful photo of life on the southside. It would be cool to find out where these kids are now. I love the confidence in their faces – true Chicagoans. I especially love the look on the face of the kid on the right, who seems to say “what exactly are you looking at?”

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Trucks unloading at the inbound freight house of the Illinois Central Railroad, South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago. April 1943.

A great shot of a very pre-glass and steel industrial Chicago, at a time when the Wrigley building (left) and the Tribune tower (right) dominated the city’s skyline – this rail/truck yard is now the site of quite a few residential and office towers. I took a photo looking south on this very spot just last week –

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