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Ghost Signs: Rubin's Women's Apparel

Ghost Signs: Rubin's Women's Apparel
There is a ghost sign behind 1310 N. Milwaukee Avenue visible from Moorman Street in Wicker Park that barely reads “Chicago’s Largest Women’s Wearing Apparel Store.” This is an advertisement for Rubin’s Women’s Apparel, which used to be located next door in the 1940’s and 50’s. A major fire damaged much of the property in 1953. They had another location... Read more »

Ghost Signs: Lekko Powder

Ghost Signs: Lekko Powder
On the side of the building at 2339 W. North Avenue is a very faint ghost sign for a product called Lekko. What the heck is Lekko? It was a scouring powder that was made in Chicago by the Lekko Soap Company nearly 100 years ago. The company was founded in 1899 by Charles H.... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: Adam Ochs

Forgotten Chicagoans: Adam Ochs
At the top of the building at 1178 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Noble Square is an epigraph that reads A. OCHS 1873. Adam Ochs was born in Hesson, Germany in November 1841. He arrived in Chicago when he was 11 years old. He married Sophia Michels in 1864 and had 3 children with her. It was... Read more »
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Ghost Signs: Ceresota Flour

Ghost Signs: Ceresota Flour
I’ve spotted two ghost signs for Ceresota Flour on the North side of Chicago. The first is located at 1515 W. Devon Avenue in Edgewater. This is more of a full advertisement, although much of it is faded. The sign reads “from Minnesota” below the Ceresota logo, where it was produced by the Northwestern Consolidated... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: Charles Heinze

Forgotten Chicagoans: Charles Heinze
Charles “Carl” Heinze was born around 1821 in Prussia. He and his wife Wilhelmine had four sons and two daughters. Charles had a been a butcher at 476 N. (then 186) Milwaukee Avenue since – at least – 1861. In 1878, a building was built at 1415 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park to house his meat... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: C. Julius Zuehlke

Forgotten Chicagoans: C. Julius Zuehlke
The epigraph “C.J. ZUEHLKE” appears above the window on the top floor of 1439 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. The building, designed in the Queen Anne style, was originally home to Christoph Julius Zuehlke, a tailor born in the early 1840s in Germany. He arrived in Chicago in 1869. He originally lived at 168 Cornell... Read more »
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Forgotten Chicagoans: August Hanschmann

Forgotten Chicagoans: August Hanschmann
August Hanschmann was born on January 28, 1840 in Germany. His naturalization records don’t indicate when he arrived in the United States, but he became a naturalized citizen in 1887. He built this building at 1928 W. Division Street to house his saloon around this time. Interestingly, his last name was misspelled in its epigraph. August... Read more »

The Old Telephone Numbers of Chicago

The Old Telephone Numbers of Chicago
Before area codes, there were exchange prefixes in the Chicago telephone system. When the telephone system began in Chicago in 1892, the caller would connect to the operator and provide them the name of the exchange they wished to call, followed by their contact’s assigned specific 3-digit number (ie. Mulberry 666) Of course, by 1921,... Read more »

Where the Chicago Daily News Still Delivers

Where the Chicago Daily News Still Delivers
Many Chicagoans will tell you that the two major long time rival newspapers in town are Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. There was once a third, however: the Chicago Daily News. The Daily News, founded in 1875, was a pioneer in American newspapers. Unlike its rivals, it was an afternoon paper. It became one... Read more »
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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 »
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