Vintage: Christmas in Chicago (1930s-1950s)

Vintage: Christmas in Chicago (1930s-1950s)


Collection of black and white vintage photos of Chicago during Christmas (1930s-1950s).

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. Shoppers on Christmas Eve in 1935 pause at State and Madison streets to listen to horse-drawn carolers touring the Loop.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. Children pose with Santa Claus in a workshop preparing toys for distribution by Chicago’s Own Christmas Benefit, sponsored by Chicago Mayor Edward J. Kelly, in 1939.

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Bob Rea / Chicago Tribune. Union Station ticketman George Robbins takes tickets from a happy bunch going home for Christmas in December 1935.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. A procession and ceremony start the Christmas novena at St. Clara Catholic Church on Dec. 6, 1936, in Chicago. The church, at one time called St. Gelasius, is now Shrine of Christ the King Church.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. Christmas shoppers on State Street in downtown Chicago in 1947.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. The Glenview Naval Air Station choral group sings Christmas carols in December 1943.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. Postmaster Ernest J. Kruetgen waves a greeting to mail carriers as they set out from the main post office with Christmas parcels for delivery on Dec. 19, 1946.

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Hardy Wieting / Chicago Tribune. Harriet Sien, a post office clerk at the main post office in Chicago, poses with unclaimed Christmas items to be auctioned off in December 1952.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. The good old days when there was a bike under the Christmas tree in 1946.

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Howard Borvig / Chicago Tribune. The Merchandise Mart, left, is emblazoned with “Merry Christmas” in December 1956. This view is looking northeast across the Chicago River.

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Chicago Tribune historical photo. Ballerinas in Austin High School’s “White Christmas Tree” production are, from left, Dolores Peavy, Betsy Jackson, Peggy Richiardi, Patricia De Wald and Daphne Ham in December 1954.


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