29 March, 2008
Posted by Joanne at 3:01 AM
When we lived in Uptown Chicago, I was a fanatic for Uptown memorabilia. I amassed quite the collection of postcards and vintage photos. Eventually, after we sell the condo we still have there, Ted and I plan on buying a two-flat in Uptown as an investment property. So I still collect Uptown souvenirs and grow the collection, and we're working hard to keep our connections to the Uptown community strong.
But, not surprisingly, I find myself becoming more and more enamored with my new home town. For those who may not know, it's a college town, home to Northwestern University. Although a suburb of Chicago, the first one north as you leave the city, we have our own vibrant downtown center with tons of restaurants, coffee houses, and book stores. We love it here; I even think our dog, Maggie, is happier. (Note she's now "our dog" and no longer just "Mom's dog".) And because I'm a history junkie, I've started gathering historic images of our new town, too. The two above are a couple I'm currently bidding on on eBay--wish me luck on winning them! They show a gas station on the corner of Dempster and Chicago.
I'm not sure what exactly it is that attracts me to the 1920s/1930s. The music? The fashion? The architecture? Maybe it's all of the above. It tends to be the period I zero in on. In any case, I love knowing how a street looked before, what once stood on a spot before some developer built a condo complex or, heaven forbid, another Starbucks on it. (By the way, my best guess is that there is now a Starbucks on the site of this gas station!) My interest in history definitely begins to wane around the 1970s; I wonder if that's because any history or development from that period on happened during my lifetime.