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Forgotten Chicagoans: Henry Worthmann

Forgotten Chicagoans: Henry Worthmann
Above the doorway on the building at 1859 W. Chicago Avenue in West Town reads “H. WORTHMANN BUILDING.” Henry W. Worthmann was born around June 18, 1857 in Hanover, Germany. He arrived in the United States in 1882 and he became a naturalized citizen in 1888. That same year, he married his wife, Agnes. He soon... Read more »

Ghost Signs: Pawlansky Brothers Meat Market

Ghost Signs: Pawlansky Brothers Meat Market
On both sides of the building at 1235 N. Damen Avenue near Wicker Park are ghost signs for the Pawlansky Brothers Meat Market. Hyman Pawlansky was born October 14, 1881 in Latzkow, Russia. He arrived in the United States in 1898 and became a naturalized citizen in 1904. William Pawlansky was born October 15, 1884 and... Read more »

Ghost Signs: Gold Medal Flour

Ghost Signs: Gold Medal Flour
Gold Medal Flour was first produced in 1880 by the Washburn-Crosby Company. Naturally, it was given this name after winning the gold medal at the Millers’ Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio. Many ghost signs for Gold Medal Flour can still be seen not only in Chicago, but across the country. Like Fletcher’s Castoria, the product was... Read more »
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The Old Addresses of Chicago

The Old Addresses of Chicago
Chicagoans: The next time you give directions to your friends, you can thank this guy – Edward Brennan – for making it a little bit easier. Before 1909, addresses were generally designated by the branches of the Chicago River. Although it was simple, since the river doesn’t flow in a straight line, it would easily... Read more »

Ghost Signs: Fletcher's Castoria

Ghost Signs: Fletcher's Castoria
From the 1870s through 1920s, Charles H. Fletcher’s CASTORIA was an pioneer in mass advertising campaigns. Castoria ads appeared in most major cities during this time and often took up the entire side of a building. Many are still visible today. What is this amazing product? It’s a stomach laxative. Forgotten New York has an... Read more »
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