Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 36: A Day in the Life of Chicago, 1953

Here’s a delicious slice of life from the 1950s for your viewing pleasure. More specifically, a day in the life of Chicago in 1953. I found this set of vintage Kodachrome slides on eBay, and they’re a beaut. It appears to me that the photographer took in a Chicago Cubs game at venerable Wrigley Field and also spent some time hoofing around the Friendly Confines as well. The auction puts the location of the street scenes as Maxwell Street, for what it’s worth.

First up is the baseball game. I can’t tell for certain who the Cubs are playing, but only one National League team in 1953 wore red caps at all — the Philadelphia Phillies. The sign in front of Wrigley is advertising tickets for the three-game series from June 23-25, so I think it’s reasonable to guess these photos were shot during that period.

Kodachrome Chicago of 1953: Wrigley Field

Kodachrome Chicago of 1953: Wrigley Field

Kodachrome Chicago of 1953: Wrigley Field

Kodachrome Chicago of 1953: Wrigley Field

Hmmm, not exactly a capacity crowd that day was it? The Cubbies, by the way, finished the ’53 campaign with a 65-89 record, good for seventh place in the National League.

Now onto the street scenes. Vintage cars and signage abound!

Kodachrome Chicago of 1953: Maxwell Street
Notice the streetcar tracks.
Kodachrome Chicago of 1953: Maxwell Street
The Polish sausage is probably as authentic as it got in America.
Kodachrome Chicago of 1953: Maxwell Street
What are the chances any of these businesses are still around?

Kodachrome Chicago of 1953: Maxwell Street

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