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Copyrights: All pictures were taken by amateur photographer Bruce Guthrie (me!) who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the [Creative Commons] definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. (Commercial use folks can of course contact me.) Feel free to use in publications and pages with attribution but you don't have permission to sell the photos themselves. A free copy of any printed publication using any photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
Wikipedia Description: Grant Park (Chicago)
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Grant Park (originally named Lake Park) is a large park (319 acres or 1.29 km²) in Chicago. The park's most notable features are Buckingham Fountain and the Art Institute of Chicago. Grant Park is frequently referred to as the city's front yard. It is bordered on the north by Randolph Street, on the south by McFetridge Drive (South of Roosevelt Road), on the west by Michigan Avenue and its Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District, and on the east by Lake Michigan.
The original plan for the town of Chicago left the area east of Michigan Avenue unsubdivided and vacant, and purchasers of Michigan Avenue lots were promised that it would remain unoccupied. When the former Fort Dearborn became part of the townsite in 1839, the plat of the area east of Michigan Avenue south of Randolph was marked "Public ground. Forever to remain vacant of buildings."
The city officially designated the land as a park on April 29, 1844, naming it Lake Park. When the Illinois Central Railroad was built into Chicago in 1852, it was permitted to enter along the lakefront on a causeway built just offshore. The resulting lagoon became stagnant, and was largely filled in 1871 with debris from the Great Chicago Fire. In 1896 the city began extending Grant Park into the lake with landfill. On October 9, 1901, it was renamed Grant Park in honor of Galena, Illinois resident, American Civil War General and United States President Ulysses S. Grant.
The legal restrictions prohibiting any buildings in the park were ignored in the 1800s, as various civic buildings were sited there. The Plan of Chicago proposed a cultural center, containing a library and two museums, as the centerpiece of the park. Chicago businessman Aaron Montgomery Ward ultimately fought four court battles, opposed by nearly every civic leader, to keep the park undeveloped. The one exception Ward consented to was for the Art Institute of Chi ...More...
Bigger photos? To save server space, the full-sized versions of these images have either not been loaded to the server or have been removed from the server. (Only some pages are loaded with full-sized images and those usually get removed after three months.)
I still have them though. If you want me to email them to you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and I can email them to you, or, depending on the number of images, just repost the page again will the full-sized images.
1959 photos: From August, 1958 until July 1963, our family lived Caracas, Venezuela. Dad worked for Standard Oil of New Jersey which had acquired Creole Petroleum Corporation and its oil fields in Lake Maracaibo back in 1928. In 1950, Creole opened its oil fields in Amuay Bay. In 1951, Creole was the world's largest oil producer. We lived in Caracas until July, 1963 at which point we moved back to New York. Creole was nationalized by the Venezuelan government in 1975. Venezuela had forced its military dictator Pérez Jiménez out of office in January, 1958. A democratic government struggled for decades afterward although Cuban-sponsored Communist terrorists were a problem in the 1960s while we were there. Oil prices, which were the main source of income for the country, went through the roof in the 1970s, resulting is massive government spending. This led to massive debts once prices fell in the 1980s, resulting in riots and political chaos, with Hugo Chavez attempting a coup in 1992. He was later pardoned and elected dictator in 1998.
From 1954 to 1975, the bulk of these pictures were taken by my Dad, Glenn Guthrie At the time, he was using a complicated, but normal for the day, manual Kodak with light meters and such. All of Dad's pictures from this time were slides.
Image quality is going to be variable because these are scans of slides and/or prints.
The images shown here were scanned in two phases. In the early years of the website, I rescanned a selection of pre-digital images, all at fairly low quality settings. During the COVID pandemic, I launched the Great Rescanning Effort, rescanning ALL of my pre-digital images from various media (prints, slides, negatives, etc) at higher resolution and quality settings. Mutilple versions of images -- some from the initial scannning phase, some from prints, some from slides/negatives -- were posted so there are frequently duplicate images on the same page. At some point, I hope to have time to do a final review and get rid of the duplicates but that'll have to wait until all of the pre-digital images are finally posted.
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