Thursday, November 4, 2010

Illinois Trust and Saving

Good Thursday morning to you all. Today's picture was taken in 1900, and shows the Illinois Trust and Savings Bank. The picture was taken in Chicago. If you click to enlarge the picture, you can see lots of interesting detail in the street scene in front of the bank.


  1. One thing it show, is that the city planners were really thinking ahead. Look at how wide those streets are.

  2. I like the factory-type building to the left.

    And, everyone is wearing those skimmer hats, which I love.

    This picture looks like it was on a postcard.

  3. I don't see anyone going into bank. Did banks close for lunch or is it Sunday?

  4. This is a lovely photo. I have always loved street shots. It gives us a glimpse of our past. The lady in the black dress, newsboys, men in hats, horses, and a fire escape ladder clinging to the building make this a journey to slower times. Just lovely--thank you, made my day. lam

  5. This site is still at the center of Chicago's banking industry although the buildings are much taller today. The Illinois Trust and Savings Bank was also notable for being the site of a horrible airship disaster in 1919, when flaming remains of the Wingfoot Air Express crashed through the skylight killing ten people in the building (three of the five in the aircraft also died).

  6. I think that kid on the conner is talkng on a cell phone !!

  7. You are right, there certainly is a long of interest other than the building. For instance, if you look a the building to the left, you will not that not the top floor but the one immediately below it has the fancy windows. Having grown up in New England and spend some time in Springfield Mass, I have see this many times and have really never gotten an answer as to why buildings were designed this way. There are even a couple of these in downtown Great Falls, Montana.

    Any ideas?

    MT C


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