Hungry? Let's get something to eat.
W-R Restaurant - Northeast corner of Randolph and Clark Streets - Chicago, IL. Curt Teich postcard, circa 1942.
The Elgin National Watch Company was in business between 1864 and 1968. The founders of the company persuaded watchmakers from Waltham Watch Co in Massachusetts to join them in Elgin, Illinois, some thirty miles northwest of Chicago, where a new factory was built for the manufacture of Elgin watches. The original, now obsolete, factory in Elgin closed in 1964 with final US manufacture under the original brand being discontinued in 1968.
If you're in the neighborhood this weekend, you might like to check out the Chicagoland Postcard Show at Grayslake, IL in the northwest suburbs. Air conditioned facility, food & drink, lots of other antiques and used items in the fairgrounds building, and ... hundreds of thousands of POSTCARDS!
All Aboard! The Rock Island line...
"Fritzel's restaurant on the corner of State and Lake Streets was Chicago's equivalent to the Brown Derby in L.A. -- a restaurant patronized by stars of stage and screen." Chicago Tribune, July 26, 2004
Between 1947 and 1972 the restaurant served the elite of Chicago, Hollywood, and New York with exquisite food from a 100 item menu, prepared in a spotless kitchen, and offered with gracious service.
More about Fritzel's and its owner Joe Jacobson, a celebrity in his own right. For more details on the postcard click on the image.
A "busy alley" at the Union Stock Yards, Chicago Illinois circa 1910. The Yards, an iconic Chicago landmark, were the subject of postcards from the early 1900s through to the 1950s when the major meat packing companies left the yards. More on the yards can be found here and here. To see more details on the cards click the images.
The Postcard Depot - the home of vintage postcards online.