Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A & P Market in Chicago

Today's picture was taken in 1941 in front of an A&P market in Chicago. This is a nice picture, and shows two boys with what looks like a little delivery wagon.

OK, someone yesterday asked what happened to all the people who usually post on the blog this week. Well, perhaps my pictures just are not getting the juices flowing this time. Perhaps I should not have selected a topic for this week of a city I disdain. Yes folks, Chicago is my least favorite place in the world that I have ever been to. Yep, I did not like anything about it. Yes, I always cringed in fear when I heard I would have to go there, or even through there. Maybe my disgust with this place is leading to non-inspired blog postings this week. Fear not, Saturday is a new mystery person day, and next week will be a new theme.


  1. Well PJM,

    Having visited Chicago twice I must confer with your sentiments. In the 70's I was fortunate enough to do the young person thing and drive across and around the USA. Was able to visit or at least travel through 41 states. I came to the conclusion that just about all big cities were the same unless you had a native to show you the difference. In Chicago I did not have the luxury of such help. I now know someone who has offered to show me the uniqueness of the town but thought I would pass.

  2. Hey, I used to live in chicago. There's a lot to dislike, such as the wind whipping off Lake Michigan in January. But there is an awful lot to like as well. The lake front is simply beautiful. There are boatloads of parks and free things that families can do. Yes, having a native showing you around anywhere can make a difference.

    School has started. Maybe that is why people are not posting as much.

  3. My husband was a truck driver back in the late 50's. He said he could always tell when he was back in Texas, because things were cleaner and the women prettier.
    He said New York and Chicago were the dirtiest of all the cities he had been in.

  4. I'm not a Chicago native, but I did live there for a little over 4 years. While there is plenty to dislike, there is lots to love about the place. A few of my favorite things are the food, the architecture, museums, the lakefront, the people. I was under the assumption that you'd been on Chicago since the Billy Sunday post. Billy Sunday played for the Chicago White Stockings and became a Christian at the Pacific Garden Mission.

  5. How about some images from the World's Columbian Exhibition in 1893? The "White City" was fascinating and hosted the first Ferris Wheel ever built.

    The airport sucks in every way possible, but it's not the only part of Chicago. They have a great downtown live music scene.

  6. Like any city that size Chicago has it's more unfortuate areas. However, you just have to know where to go. I live about 4 hours away from Chicago and I love to go to the museums and aquarium. All the Christmas decorations lighting up the city at Christmas time are so beautiful. The ethnic foods are great! Chicago can be quite wonderful.

  7. My husband and I have travelled to Chicago a couple of times on business trips, and had stop-overs via train and plane. I was looking forward to the museums, etc. Walking and driving were both difficult. We've tried walking there both in June and January. Big mistake. Parking is a terrible problem. Public transportation is probably okay for younger people, but not for those with mobility problems. Because of the transportation troubles, we only made it to a couple of museums. However, we were able to have a wonderful lunch at Marshall Field & Co. before it was Macy's. That was worth the taxi fare.

  8. I forgot to tell you that I've enjoyed the photos of the children outside the grocery stores and the church but not the one of the stockyards.

  9. PJM,

    You started the fire I just threw some kindling on it. Like I said cities are pretty much the same everywhere unless you live there for a bit and get to know it. Or if you are fortunate enough to have a native show you around. I apologize for my slap at the windy city. Sorry.

  10. PJM:

    I think that the fewer postings are probably due to the fact that many of us are busy with end-of-summer and back-to-school chores. Even though my daughter is in college, we still had to move her up there and now we’re closing our beach house, etc. etc.

    Re Chicago - it’s the subject of one of my favorite Frank Sinatra songs - “My Kind of Town.” And . . .there will never, EVER, be ANYONE who could sing like Frank again - he truly was “The Chairman of the Board!!”

    Check it out at :

  11. Anon:

    Well, New York may be dirty, but all big cities are.

    New York is the Rome of the Modern World, the center of the universe.

  12. When I was a kid, we used to have an A&P around the corner from our house.

    I remember when my mother first gave me dollar and sent me alone for the first time to get a jar of grape jelly.

    She watched me walk around the corner.

    I thought it was such a big deal.

  13. Welcome back Nate and Smartgirl it is good to read your comments again.
    It was me who asked PJM about the lack of comments as living at the far side of the world I did not know the school schedule for over there.
    Sorry PJM if I gave the impression that this weeks subject was not stimulating.

  14. Hi, Freshie:


  15. Just speak your mind PJM, like you always have.


  16. Only place 'in' Chicago I've been, 12 years ago, was O'Hare airport, too big and dirty. 'Nuff said about that.

    Today's photo shows, apparently, typical Chicago 'business'... the big kid's obviously shaking down the smaller kid, who's trying to pry his hand off the cart.

  17. I've never been to Chicago but I'd love to explore the food scene there.

    You may not have a "native guide" (looks out for PC police) but the "-ist"averses can keep you posted on what is happening culturally at a several cities, Chicago being amongst their number:

  18. I always like looking at the old buildings that are probably no longer standing. Both inside and out and no matter what city, so thanks!

  19. Nice pic !
    Maybe i can send you some old pics of hometown :)

    keep it up

    /Swede girl

  20. I love this picture. The kids are cute. But, I wonder what's really going on there. I think Joe in NC is on the right track!


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