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Black and white Fridays

Black and white train (image)
There is nothing I love more than dogs and cop shows. Or in this instance, Police Reporter!, which was a weekly series that ran in the Chicago Herald-American starting in 1942. It featured detective-like reporters who were instrumental in solving high-profile crime cases. The feature ran Sundays for two years and included photo re-enactments of the famous crimes. Thanks, Chicago Tribune, for always sharing these these old photos from your archives. And thanks to my uncle for sending them my way!

(Photo from the Chicago Tribune)

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Black and white Fridays

Chihuahua Cha-Cha (image)
Because it’s the “Chihuahua Cha-Cha” and what is better than that? Also this: the appearance standards set forth for the Chihuahua by the American Kennel Club are listed as “Graceful, alert, with saucy expression.” I’d say that about sums up my pups. To a T.

(Photo from LIFE.)

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Black and white Fridays

Audrey Hepburn (image)
The most awesome black and white photos I’ve come across, these rare photos show a different side of some pretty famous people, and as the site says: they “capture the essence of eras that have come and gone.” Which, if you think about it, is the best part about black and white photos.
FDR funeral (image)
The Godfather (image)

PS: Happy Fourth of July!

(Photos from Distractify, originally seen on Cupcakes and Cashmere)

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Wanda Stopa (image)
I’m back with a black and white Friday post! A while back my uncle sent me this photo collage from the Chicago Tribune about “a good girl gone bad.” It’s the story of Wanda Stopa, a young Polish woman who was Chicago’s first woman assistant U.S. district attorney. Unfortunately that was short lived when she killed her lover’s gardener, and then committed suicide. It’s a tragic story, but worth a peek if you like reading sordid stories from the past (and really, who doesn’t?).

(Image is a Chicago Tribune historical photo)

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Black and white Paris (image)
I have loved Paris for as long as I can remember. I’m not entirely sure why, but that city always seems to present itself in the best light, kind of like you’re in a dream. This photo shows the steps of Montmartre in 1932 and I remember walking them over 70 years later while I visited Paris in high school. I’d so love to go back.

(Image via Life Magazine’s collection called Brassaï in Paris: A Photographer’s Love Letter to the City of Light)

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Boy with his dog (image)
I’m a sucker for old photos that feature a pup or two in them. It’s so fun to see how life has changed over the years, but a pup always seems to stay the same.

This photo is from Life Magazine’s Classic Comics Collection in the 1940s and ’50s. A young boy stops to read his favorite comic while out on a stroll with his dog.

(Image via Life Magazine)

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Showboat Dixiana (image)
One of my favorite sites to peruse (creep on) is EveryBlock Chicago, which regularly features posts by Chicago residents about the happenings in their ‘hood. One of my favorite posters is a fellow named Bart Shore who is always sharing old photos he comes across. This one is of the Showboat Dixiana on the site of the Diversey River Bowl (right down the street from my Target!).

The showboat, according to Shore, “was finally allowed to open here in 1934 after a two-year dispute with city officials about a downtown location. It presented melodramas (with rooftop dancing afterwards). After being dark for two years, the boat moved to Michigan City in 1937 to present ‘Tobacco Road,’ banned in Chicago by Mayor Kelly. She half-sank upon arrival, and two months later the cast gave up when she was rammed by a Naval Reserve boat.” Pretty neat, right?

(Image via EveryBlock)

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