WendyCity Vintage View: That Great Street, early 1960s

0 Posted by - August 28, 2014 - Vintage View

It’s a chilly day on the southwest corner of State & Randolph.  A man in coat and hat gazes up from under the street signs.

It’s the early 1960s and modern ideas are in the air.

“That Great Street” is, of course, a phrase from “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)” made famous by Frank Sinatra in the late 1950s.

One of the old Marshall Field’s clocks is a focal point, yet a display window features the latest fashion.

State Street’s three-armed street lamps have newly been installed and lend a bright, modern vibe.  Notice the little display platforms on each pole.

Hatted and heeled ladies await the next bus out on an island in the street.

Blocky modern signs pointing to parking and the bus are juxtaposed against old brick buildings with water tanks.

The new Prudential Building reaches for the sky.


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