Friday, June 3, 2011

Wilson & Racine, 1942

(click to enlarge) via Chuckman's Chicago Nostalgia and Memorabilia
Here is a great view of Uptowners lining up outside the Jewel (for coffee?) that once stood at 1149 W. Wilson in a building on the southeast corner of Wilson and Racine. This spot is now Truman College. Click here for a better view of the building in the background that once stood on the southwest corner of Wilson & Racine.


  1. Seems like it's some good coffee.

  2. In 1942 it very well may have been coffee-- it was one of the things, like gasoline, sugar, etc. that was rationed for the war effort.

  3. I'm so glad I live in an era in which I don't have to get all dolled up every time I go out in public!

  4. The first thing I noticed is how properly dressed they are to go out in public. Says alot about the "carefree" public attitudes of today. Says alot.

    Even though times were hard, they had very few, but very nice, proper clothing. Exact opposite of today.

    Ya know how home hunters all complain about lack of closet space in the older homes? There was a reason for that. They had few, but much higher quality clothing that wasn't flavor of the week trash.

  5. There are four signs in the photo that say no waiting.