Vintage: Glass Plate Collection from the Illinois State Journal (1929 – 1936)

Vintage: Glass Plate Collection from the Illinois State Journal (1929 – 1936)


Raymond Hodde was the Illinois State Journal’s first staff photographer. He began taking pictures for the newspaper in 1929, just a year after Col. Ira Copley bought the Journal and put into place a plan to modernize it and update its plain gray look. That included the use of staff-produced photographs and an end to the practice of publishing pictures that were submitted by local commercial photographers. Hodde, along with Ernest Pearson who joined him a short time later, took the pictures here, part of a collection of 1,300 glass plate negatives taken between 1929 and 1936 that have survived.

The images create of portrait of the city during the 1930s. Not a portrait defined by a single image, but one that emerges from the scenes and moments recorded by Hodde and Pearson over time. It’s the city’s cultural and built environment, the people walking its streets and in their daily routines, the lively public square in its role as the heart of Springfield, the grittiness of a growing urban center and the personality of a place that comes through in the interaction of all these things.x

Northwest corner of Fifth Street and Capitol Avenue, Claypool’s Drugstore circa 1930. File/The State Journal-Register.

Conrad Griesser, brewmaster, F. Reisch and Sons brewery, in front of brew kettle with 360 barrel capacity, just days before the brewery reopened after Prohibition, July 8, 1934 (Reisch closed in 1966) File/The State Journal-Register.

Passengers board street car on South Fifth Street in front of Tivoli Theater, Dec. 18, 1930. File/The State Journal-Register

Girl Scouts enjoy a swimming hole at Camp Shuster, July 29, 1929. File/The State Journal-Register

Monroe Street, looking west from Sixth Street. Image taken for advertising campaign promoting bus and street car system, public transportation, Dec. 16, 1930. File/The State Journal-Register

Fire engine house no. 6, 1300 S. Fourth Street. (Fourth and South Grand Ave. West, southwest corner), circa 1930. File/The State Journal-Register

Parade in support of National Recovery Act, Fourth Street facing north from Adams Street. St. Nicholas Hotel in background. From left, Col. John M. Tipton, grand marshal, Gov. Henry Horner, Speaker of the House Henry T. Rainey of Carrollton, and Commander Charles E. Jones of the department of Alabama, Grand Army of the Republic, Oct. 5, 1933, File/The State Journal-Register.

Automobile in Lake Springfield, two occupants drowned Aug. 20, 1931. File/The State Journal-Register.

Aerial golf game, Southwest Airport on South Chatham Road, Oct. 5, 1931. File/The State Journal-Register.

Federal Building under construction on Monroe Street between Sixth and Seventh streets. Old City Hall in back, right. File/The State Journal-Register

Springfield Garden Club members inspecting backyard garden at 711 South Glenwood, July 25, 1929. Mrs. O.J. DeSale, Mrs. Fred Kincaid, and Mrs. Henry Helmle. File/The State Journal-Register.

Figueira Oil Co., Mobile gasoline/service station, circa 1930. File/The State Journal-Register

Mobilgas station at Monroe and Walnut streets, circa 1930. File/The State Journal-Register

Mobilgas station, circa 1930, location unknown. File/The State Journal-Register

Mobilgas station, circa 1930, location unknown. File/The State Journal-Register

Fifth Street on the west side of public square, facing north from Adams Street. Myers Bros., Illinois National Bank, Orpheum Theater in distance, circa 1932. File/The State Journal-Register

Plaza Apartment Building, 1008-1018 S. Seventh Street. Display of Norge refrigerators to be installed. J.T. Peters mansion at left, circa 1930. File/The State Journal-Register

Springfield Market (Constantino and Marsilli), Seventh and Washington streets, circa 1930. File/The State Journal-Register

Memorial Day at Camp Butler National Cemetery, May 30, 1929. File/The State Journal-Register

Illinois State Fairgrounds circa 1931. File/The State Journal-Register.

Via: Illinois State Journal


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