Blast from the past

This is an amazing film about Chicago released by the city’s Board of Education circa 1945-46, with great images of architecture, commerce and industry in what was then allegedly the world’s second-largest city. (By contrast, Chicago doesn’t even make the Wikipedia list of the world’s 91 most populous cities today.)

Much of the urban landscape of today’s Chicago is recognizable in the film, but of course, a lot has changed. It’s a glimpse into a mostly vanished world.

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