Images of iconic architecture, cityscapes, and skylines by Hedrich-Blessing Photographers, an architectural photography firm established in Chicago in 1929 by partners Ken Hedrich and Henry Blessing. The Chicago History Museum houses the first 50 years, from 1929 to 1979, of this amazing photography collection.
Please also see our Cityscapes and Built Environments gallery for additional architectural photography.
A time of reform in women’s clothing, fashion of the early 20th century served as an agent of change as women explored an unprecedented freedom of dress. Among the first of the fashion conscious in Chicago was Bertha Honoré Palmer, known as the queen of Chicago society and an integral part of the privileged class, she led the way as a progressive philanthropist aiding the social transformation of women’s roles.
This timeline of images brings to life the notable socialites and fashionable Chicagoans of this period. Explore the palatial Palmer Castle which was once the largest private residence in Chicago and stood from 1885-1950. Be dazzled with jewelry designed by the Kalo Shop and by Frances M. Glessner of International Harvester wealth. Enjoy artwork from the covers of Marshall Field &Company’s “Fashion of the Hour” magazines… and much more.
Included are fashions from the CHM Costume Collection, highlighting 1900-1930 era garments featured in our “Chic Chicago”(2008-2009), “Bertha Honoré Palmer” (2009-2010) and “I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot” (2010-2011) exhibitions.
December 5th is Repeal Day, the anniversary of the end of Prohibition in 1933. This tumultuous time in Chicago history began in 1920, when the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol was banned in the United States. But Prohibition did not prove to be as successful in practice as it looked on paper. Bootleggers and speakeasies became popular, and organized crime and gangsters rose in infamy. The Era of Prohibition has a special place in Chicago's history, giving rise to gangsters like Al Capone, one of the most recognized symbols of the lawlessness defining Chicago during this time.