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State Street North from Madison, Chicago

State Street, Chicago
A chromolithograph of Chicago, with cable cars on State Street and Chicago's elevated structure on Lake Street. Jackson traveled on the Chicago & North Western, making a series of images published in remarkably faithful color. The view shows numerous tall buildings, large crowds of people, and horse-drawn conveyances.

Chicago's loop with notable tall buildings on both sides of State Street, shown during the heyday of the development of Chicago architecture, then at the forefront of design. Male and female dress can be seen on dozens of people, in color. Awnings, signage, street transportation, and commercial enterprises are documented.

An excellent example of chromolithography, an early color process. Shows cable car and at least six types of carriages.

Exceptionally well composed and printed view of Chicago by one of America's most famous and accomplished landscape photographers, William Henry Jackson. Dates from his so-called railroad period, when he traveled for the Detroit company. Jackson's western views, taken after the Civil War, are among the most famous records of the West.
Source Julie Johnson, Carol Stream, Illinois
Coverage Spatial, Chicago, Illlinois; Temporal, 1898
Rights Julie Johnson, Carol Stream, Illinois
Date Created 1898 - 1900
Resource Type
Extent 9in. x 6-5/8 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Chicago, Illinois
Image Type Cityscape
Creator Description Jackson was born in 1843 in Keeseville, New York, and died in 1942 in New York City. He was an active photographer from 1856 until shortly before his death. He set up a studio in Omaha, Nebrasksa, in 1867, and photographed the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. From 1870-1878 he photographed Western landscapes, especially the Yellowstone area. This photograph is from Jackson's later railroad period, about 1897-1903, a significant but less documented time in Jackson's life.
Collection Julie Johnson Collection
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