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Chicago, a Vacation City to Visit by Rail (editor's title)

Brochure called "Chicago: The Vacation City"
In 1930, Illinois Central (“The Road of Travel Luxury”) issued a guide called Chicago: The Vacation City with an opening quote from Illinois poet Carl Sandburg: “Come and show me another city with lifted head so proud to be alive.” The cover is a sleek, mostly light-blue-and-white watercolor by Chicagoan Paul Proehl, who threw in touches of orange, black, gray, and light green for contrast. Two young women stride forward from a Lake Michigan park with a brand-new sculpture in the background, drawn in idealized fashion. They wear the latest, somewhat revealing (for the day) clothing, wind-whipped for Windy City effect. And there’s a suggestive, modern skyscraper silhouette in the background. The guide suggests that if you take the train to Chicago, you’ll find there the allure of fashion, modernity, and daring architecture. And you can get around on the El, don’t forget. Who needs a car? Well, someone does, since there’s the suggestion of a nifty, long-nosed auto peaking from behind the statue. Proehl beautifully captured the urban landscape, not the natural, plus modernity and sex appeal.
Source John Gruber, Madison, Wisconsin
Rights John Gruber
Date Created 1930
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Depicted Railroad
Location Chicago, Illinois
Creator Description Paul Proehl (1887-1965) studied architecture at the University of Illinois from 1907 to 1910 and worked as a designer and draftsman on many large buildings in Chicago. After attending Chicago art schools, he began his career as an advertising artist in 1918. He became a partner in 1924 at Palenske Young, a Chicago illustration studio with a prestigious North Michigan Avenue address. Proehl's illustrations appeared in national magazines for thirty years. Proehl's work includes Illinois Central illustrations and posters and at least eleven calendars for the Chicago & North Western. He moved to California in 1948. For two years, he served as a sketch artist for Columbia and R.K.O. motion picture studios in Hollywood.
Collection John Gruber Collection
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