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Social History: 1940s Promotional Film Shows Chicago From Another Era…

Social History: 1940s Promotional Film Shows Chicago From Another Era…

From United Airlines to Rock Island Streamliners to Cruise-Ships… Incredible film produced by the Chicago Board Of Education gives an aerial and ground tour of Chicago during the 1940s where it shows the city’s former industrial areas, its educational institutions and art deco skyline. 

Chicago – A Film from the Chicago Board Of Education on Vimeo. Click on above to watch this wonderful video. 

The film, which refers to Chicago as the most American of American cities – pans over Chicago’s once great steel industry and takes the viewer downtown where it reveals a city from a previous era.

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 United Airlines – Chicago – 1940/early 1950s… 

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 The Allerton Hotel in the 1940s…

The Allerton Hotel rises over all of its neighbors and the film refers to the Chicago Board of Trade as the youngest of Chicago’s towers — giving an idea of how old the film really is. 

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 The Gold Coast…

The film also drives through the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and visits the Back of the Yards neighborhood when it was well, the hog butcher of the world. 

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 UP City streamliners at Chicago in the late 1940s… diesels of Union Pacific’s City of San Francisco (train 102) and City of Portland (106) idle at the bumping posts in North Western Terminal after their runs from the Pacific Coast.

The film boasts Chicago’s transportation hubs and vast train system, which the video claims was the largest railroad center in the world at the time – and the birthplace of United Airlines…

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United Airlines, trains and great lake steamships…  

Come watch as we take you all the way back to when Chicago was truly an industrial power to be reckoned with. 

  

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