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Moving Stairs, Chicago’s Initial Subway, about 1943

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Moving Stairs, Chicago’s Initial Subway, about 1943

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This object appears in the following sections:


Communities
Chicago, the Transit Metropolis — 1943: Opening Chicago’s First Subway


Chicago Subway Station Platform
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection

The inscription on the back of the post card reads: "Moving Stairs, Chicago's Initial Subways. Reversible escalators are to operate between train platforms and mezzanine stations of Chicago's 8-3/4 mile, two route, initial subways. Other equipment is to include streamlined all-metal cars, rubber-insulated tracks and fluorescent lighting."

Physical Description
Postcard. Post card view of a new Chicago Subway platform, escalator, and stairs. Front marked, "202-Moving Stairs, Chicago's Initial Subway" and "Curt Teich & Co., Inc." Color lithograph on cream-colored stock, divided back.
Details
Date Made:
About 1943
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Lent by Bonnie Lilienfeld
History
The City of Chicago broke ground to begin building two subway lines in 1938. Work was slow due to construction difficulties and then the outbreak of World War II. The State Street subway opened in 1943, the Dearborn subway not until 1951
Related People, Places, and Events
Manufacturer
Curt Teich & Co., Inc

Depicted
Chicago Transit Authority

Depicted
Chicago, Illinois


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