Chicago: City on the Move

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For the first time in more than a century, a vast collection of 220,000 transportation photographs has been made available for a single book. The photos, housed in the Chicago Transit Authority archives, show the construction of Chicago's great transportation network and the city that resulted. The best pictures--along with writings by Chicago's most beloved authors--are collected in a book for people who love transportation, who love photography and who the city on the move. See the building of the "L" lines and...
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Overview

For the first time in more than a century, a vast collection of 220,000 transportation photographs has been made available for a single book. The photos, housed in the Chicago Transit Authority archives, show the construction of Chicago's great transportation network and the city that resulted. The best pictures--along with writings by Chicago's most beloved authors--are collected in a book for people who love transportation, who love photography and who the city on the move. See the building of the "L" lines and the subway tunnels. Ride the Blue Geese, the Green Hornets and the Old Reds in a book that presents the history of Chicago through mass transportation. There's never been a book that better showed how trains, streetcars and buses defined a city. Over 250 photographs in duotone.
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Chicago: City on the Move is a follow-up companion volume to Cahan and Williams' critically acclaimed Richard Nickel's Chicago: Photographs of a Lost City, released last year.
Chicago: City on the Move is another remarkable collection of previously unpublished photographs that's both a portrait of the Chicago's public transit lines and a time capsule of the city's past. There's a view down Randolph Street in 1931, the inky blackness of the night defeated by the glow from proud signs eulogizing a vanished world - The Oriental, the United Artists, the Garrick, Henrici's, the Apollo (Fannie Brice appearing live). Only the Oriental survives. There's a shot of the site of the IBM Building and Marina City when it was nothing more than open rail tracks, and a stunning picture of Chicago's first electrically powered railway running through a doll house array of buildings at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Snippets of text
on the city from works of writers from Theodore Dreiser to Sandra Cisneros accent the book, and the foreword is by writer Stuart Dybek, recently recognized with one of the MacArthur Foundation's "genius" grants. Chicago: City on the Move is another invaluable collection and an entertaining read.
—Lynn Becker
Chicago Sun-Times
Transportation buffs will swoon at the unique perspectives afforded by the transit companies' own photographers, who had access to places the average citizen couldn't go. And those who rode the Turtlebacks and the Green Hornets on their last trips down the tracks will enjoy seeing them once again, if only in pictures.
—Kevin Nance

Chicago is a city on the make, according to Nelson Algren, and a city of "big shoulders," in Carl Sandburg's vision, but it is the streetcars, the elevated trains, and the railroads that made Chicago a bustling town. Beginning with the first elevated train, built for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, photographers diligently documented the building of the city's tentacled rail system and the launching of its trains, depositing 200,000 negatives at the Chicago Transportation Authority. Now Williams and company, who brought us Richard Nickel's Chicago (2006), have retrieved 250 crisply detailed, masterfully composed, and lushly tonal black-and-white photographs to create a volume as remarkable for its aesthetics as for its transportation and urban history. The pleasures and revelations in picture and text are many, but this gorgeous tribute to the triumph of hands-to-metal engineering and construction reminds us that mass transit is essential for vibrant urban life and that, in a time of decaying infrastructure and the need to reduce automobile emissions, we must rekindle enthusiasm and secure funding for els, subways, and trains.
—Donna Seaman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978545031
  • Publisher: CityFiles Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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