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1905 Chicago State Street Real Photo Stereoview – Chicago Masonic Temple - Boston Store - Trolleys, Horse Carts and Omnibuses - Griffith & Griffith Stereo View
1905 downtown Chicago real photo stereo view - State Street with wonderful images of pedestrians in turn-of-the-century dress, as well street trolleys and l horse drawn carriages, wagons and omnibuses. In the distance is Chicago's Masonic Temple. On the left side is The Boston Store, a major mid-line Midwestern department store established in 1897 and based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is decorated with large banners. (The Boston store is still in business today as part of a retail conglomerate). At the bottom is a placard with the words "Libby Prison" (a Civil War Confederate prison) and "War Museum" on it.
The Masonic Temple Building was a twenty-two story Chicago skyscraper built in 1892. Designed by architects Burnham and Root, it was located at the northeast corner of Randolph and State Streets. From 1895 to the 1920s it was the tallest building in Chicago. The building featured a central court ringed by nine floors of shops with offices above and meeting rooms for the Masons at the very top. It was demolished in 1939, due to its poor internal services and the construction of the State Street subway, which would have necessitated expensive foundation work. The Joffrey Tower currently stands on the former site.
Great early 1900s Chicago historical plain back view by photographers Griffith & Griffith of Philadelphia
3-D EFFECT: The 3-D effect of the street traffic is pronounced.
PHOTO NOTE: The actual albumen (sepia toned) real photo images are clean, crisp, sharp and in good condition. The close-up view is sharper than the gallery view, and the actual images viewed through a stereo viewer are EVEN sharper than they appear in the scanned images.
Curved cards do not always scan or photo well. The few small surface scratches in the pictures, accentuated by the photo process, are not visible through the stereo viewer. The marks over the trolley on the right image and the few random spots here and there are not damage to the card.
CARD CONDITION: Great, almost pristine, condition. result of defects in the negatives, and are not damage to the card
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