Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Clang, Clang, Clang, Went the Trolley

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The vintage scene above is Clark and Southport, probably in the early 1950s. There's a lot to notice and love in this photo: The #22 Clark bus (green) and #9 Ashland trolleys (red). The cobblestone streets with the tracks embedded in them. The crazy network of aerial wires, which both the trolleys and the buses used for power. Our favorite, the juxtaposition of the Texaco station and the sign advertising PBR. This photo originated at the Trolley Dodger site, which notes: "The big Pabst roof neon was on top of a Pabst distributorship that occupied most of this triangular block. Of course, it was only a few blocks north of Wrigley Field, where Pabst had an exclusive with the Cubs for many years."

The same scene today.

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