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Sound-Proof Telephone Booths/ Star Features of the Chicago Subway/ Ventilation, Illumination, Escalators, Safety, Comfort, about 1943

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Sound-Proof Telephone Booths/ Star Features of the Chicago Subway/ Ventilation, Illumination, Escalators, Safety, Comfort, about 1943

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


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


Chicago Subway Station Phone Booths
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection

The inscription on the back of the post card reads: "Sound-Proof Telephone Booths give that touch of personal consideration so much appreciated. Without the use of doors all outside noises are so effectively minimized that privacy is assured. The roar of fast subway trains and noises from the outside are almost entirely eliminated. Here you enjoy the same privacy as when telephoning from your home. The Mezzanine floors are outstanding examples of modern architectural treatment. Concrete walls are covered with structural glass. Floors are red, non-slip concrete."

Physical Description
Post card. Post card view of women gathered around the public telephone booths in a new Chicago subway station. Front marked, "Sound-Proof Telephone Booths/ Star Features of the Chicago Subway/ Ventilation, Illumination, Escalators, Safety, Comfort." Black-and-white photograph 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
Depicted
Chicago Transit Authority

Depicted
Chicago, Illinois


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