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Frequently photographed also were houses, their front porches, their yards, and the residential streets along which they were located, both in towns and in cities. There were numerous snapshots of farm Introduction [ 19 Figure 11. A football weekend at the University of Chicago, ca. 1915. life made by farm people. Amateur cards added to the flood of commercial postcard art entering the mails. They contributed substantially to the postcard iconography by which Chicago and Illinois beyond the metropolis came to be visualized.
Postal Service, were popularized beginning in the 1860s. Sent mainly by businesses as advertising, they could be bought and mailed only in bulk. Postcards, so called to distinguish them from postal cards, were legalized only in 1893. They could be bought and mailed individually by individuals. European nations were faster off the mark, giving postcard publishers, especially in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, an important head start. Through the 1930s, the highestquality view cards available in the United States were invariably printed in Europe.
The Pure Oil Building, ca. 1930. Figure 35a. Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive, 1933. North Michigan Avenue Building to the left. Visitor Henry Justin Smith described the distinctive silhouette that Chicago’s new skyline presented: “There is no other urban sky-line quite like it in the world. Its perspective to north or south is longer than a stranger anticipates. Its upper lines are as jagged as a bolt of lightning. ” The nearby Michigan Avenue Bridge was a massive double-decked, double-leafed bascule structure that “rose into the air like an alligator’s jaws when ships whistled,” in the words of Lloyd Lewis.
Picturing Illinois : twentieth-century postcard art from Chicago to Cairo by John A. Jakle