© Peter Anderson
The dry goods emporium began life on this site in 1873 when Charles Netcher opened the Boston in a small 5-story building. The story goes that he was so dedicated to seeing the enterprise become a success that he spent his nights sleeping on showcase counter tops in order to spend as much time in the store as possible. His dedication paid off, and in 1891 after marrying ladies undergarment buyer Mollie Alpiner, the pair began acquiring property surrounding the store. Not wanting to show his hand and overpay, Netcher used third parties and pseudonyms to buy, or lease for 99 year terms, the half block fronting State Street and running west along Madison Street to Dearborn. – Designs Linger
Courtesy of John Chuckman – CLICK FOR LINK
Not to be confused with The Boston Store of Erie, Pennsylvania.
University of Chicago – Digital Library – CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE
Peter Anderson works in the financial sector but writes fiction, “to ease the crushing monotony of corporate life.” Anderson lives and writes in Joliet, Illinois and his novel Wheatyard was published by Kuboa Press in 2013.
CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE – © Katie Levin
This ghost sign was recently uncovered at 5438 N. Clark in Andersonville (a couple blocks north of Berwyn, near the Brown Elephant resale shop) when a building adjacent to it was torn down. This sign is believed to be over 100 years old. – Katie Levin
Katie- Michael Hirsch recently provided a link to your image through the Forgotten Chicago FB Page. The ad was featured by FAB earlier this year when it was brought to my attention by Mike Merritt who shot it last summer. I love how the “deck” has progressed. Lucky neighbors.
© Mike Merritt of www.redship.com – CLICK TO CHECK OUT MIKE’S NEW START-UP
Stumbled across your site while on the net and love it!
I’ve attached a photo of a Coca Cola ad that was uncovered this summer when a building was demolished. This was in a row of buildings on the 5400 block of North Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.
Thanks Mike and I hope you enjoy the book! Check out Mike’s new start-up business, REDSHIP – a college care package company with a great retro logo and web design.
© Vincenzo Aiosa
© Vincenzo Aiosa
From Hubert Pleijsier’s book, Washburn Prewar Instrument Styles: Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos and Ukuleles 1883-1940:
© Hubert Pleijsier – Google Books