Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Railway Exchange Building, Chicago, Ill., 1906

Railway Exchange Building. Michigan Avenue and Jackson Blvd. Chicago, Ill.

Postmarked Alva, Oklahoma, July 13, 1906, 1:30 PM
Rec'd Wichita, Kansas, July 14, 1906, 9:00 PM

Miss Jessie Burrows
1153 University Ave

Means to an end


Chuck Kelly said...

On July 13, 1906 Captain Alfred Dreyfus rejoined the French army after being exonerated of all charges. (He was freed from Devil's Island in 1899.) I wondered what was happening on the day this postcard was mailed.

Also, my maternal grandfather (Herbert Albert Rachuig) was nearly 2 months old!

Virgil S. said...

Interesting to compare the postcard to the same building today, described at

I bet it looked big to any farm boy who saw it when it was new. Come to think of it, I bet it would look big to me now.

Nate Maas said...

Chuck, it's always a trick to try and put yourself at specific moment in time. I like reading historic newspapers for that very reason. Some of the things that appear that people were most worked up about are not even remembered today.

Virgil, it's funny to see the building without all the other tall ones around. It barely stands out at all in Chicago today, but back in the day it must have seemed pretty grand. I was unaware until I clicked on your Wikipedia link that this was the building where Burnham made his Plan of Chicago.

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