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Elgin History Museum Gylleck Photo Collection

   
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  1. (Elgin) National Watch Company Factory
    First (Elgin) National Watch Company Factory building looking southwest.

  2. (Elgin) National Watch Company Factory
    First section of (Elgin) National Watch Company Factory from west side.

  3. (Elgin) National Watch Company Factory
    First (Elgin) National Watch Company Factory building looking southwest

  4. (Elgin) National Watch Company Factory.
    Employees entering original factory of (Elgin) National Watch Company.

  5. 1875 Baseball Team
    Nine (9) members of the 1875 Baseball Team. 5 players sitting. 4 players standing behind them. Two very long baseball bats crossed and leaning against the players in the front row. Three floppy hats on the floor. One man in the first row has a hat resting on his knee. The player in the middle of the first row might be holding a baseball in his hands. Similar to 1989.001.1930

  6. 'Old Brick' School
    'Old Brick' School northeast corner of DuPage and Chapel Street. Two story building with two chimneys Two men sitting on stairs outside the building. Wooden steps and walkways leading to the entrances. Both men are wearing hats. Sign on one exterior wall "Chapel St" Similar to 1989.001.1856.

  7. 'Old Brick' School and Elgin High School
    'Old Brick' School northeast corner of DuPage and Chapel Streets on the left. Elgin High School on the right.

  8. "Old Barrel House"
    "Old Barrel House" and neighboring stores at the northeast corner of Dexter and Douglas Ave. Several men face the camera, standing near a wood panel station wagon parked in front of the Wonder Inn. Others pass on the sidewalk and stand in a nearby parking lot. A man sits in the passenger seat of a car behind the station wagon. The block houses a parking lot and a series of adjacent two story brick buildings with first floor commercial occupants. The second story features a series of curtained standard and bay windows. Signs advertise Meister Brau, Hamm's Beer, Coca Cola, the Homestead Restaurant, Drewry's Beer ("Fuggle Hops put Drewrys a hop ahead"), the Wonder Inn, the Old Barrel House, Royal Crown Cola, Whiskey, Dr. Pepper, 7Up, Schlitz, and Beverly Outdoor.

  9. "Old People's Home" Oak Crest Residence
    "Old People's Home" now Oak Crest Residence. South State Street. Broadside of the building. The facing side of the building features a covered porch, a prominent rounded room and a formal entrance with stone accent walls and large planters. The view also shows 3 stores of windows, a porch at the right side and mature trees. A sidewalk passes in front of the building and a parallel one leads to the entrance of the building.

  10. "Whiskey Point", Intersections of Fulton, South Spring Street, and South Grove Ave.
    Looking north at "Whiskey Point", Intersection of Fulton and South Spring Streets and South Grove Ave. The intersection shows embedded trolley tracks. Several motor cars are parked along the side of the streets. A woman has just crossed the street and steps onto the sidewalk at the right side of the frame. A sign advertising "Vulcanizing" hangs over the street. A billboard advertising Gold Medal Flour sits above a nearby building. Across the street is a commercial block of two story brick buildings with first floor display windows and awnings extending over the sidewalk.

  11. "Winter Design" Icicles & Ladder at Woodruff and Edwards Foundry
    "Winter Design" Icicles & Ladder at Woodruff and Edwards Foundry. Photo submitted for Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association monthly interclub competition.

  12. A. F. Ansel Meat Market Wagons
    A.F. Ansel Meat Market Wagons northeast corner of Chapel and Fulton Streets, Elgin, Illinois.

  13. Ackemann's Department Store
    Ackemann's Department Store on Milwaukee Street looking Northeast from corner of Douglas Ave. (Milwaukee Street Now East Highland Ave.) A utility pole and 2 man-hole covers are prominently seen in the center of the photo. Across the street the large Ackemann's sign hangs above window awnings. A man walks down the center of the street in front of the building. Across the street from Ackemann's a clock above a business displays the time 8:20. American flag and pennant bunting hangs across the street. A separate American flag is also mounted on top of the Ackemann's building.

  14. Ackemann's Department Store
    Milwaukee Street (now East Highland) at Ackemann's Department Store. A utility pole and 2 man-hole covers are prominently seen in the center of the photo. Across the street the large Ackemann's sign hangs above window awnings. A man walks down the center of the street in front of the building. Across the street from Ackemann's a clock above a business displays the time 8:20. American flag and pennant bunting hangs across the street. A separate American flag is also mounted on top of the Ackemann's building. Similar to 1989.001.0372.

  15. Ackemann's Parking Lot and Professional Building
    Northwest corner of North Spring and Division Streets, Ackemann's parking lot and Professional Building. The parking lot is empty. At the entrance to the parking lot is a small free standing brick building advertising "Ackemann's Parking" and showing a 3 sided window display that includes a lamp, wall decor and furniture. A car approaches the intersection, traveling up the hill that houses the mixed-grade parking lot. Beyond the parking lot is a 7-8 story building with rows of uniform windows, many with window air conditioner units.

  16. Adams, Spencer Manley
    Portrait Spencer M. Adams sitting. He has one arm resting next to a plant in a planter.

  17. Adler & Bro' Dry Goods & Clothing
    Adler & Bro" Dry Goods & Clothing. Two shirts hanging from outside of the doorway. Three people on a second story walkway. A small group of people in the street. A man working on laying bricks on the the right side. Wilcox & O'Connell groceries wagon, signs for Continental Restaurant, Illinois Mutual Insurance Company Agency, and partial handbills pasted on wall, advertising faith healer Dr. Persons.

  18. Aerial View of Elgin
    Aerial view looking west; Elgin Civic Center under construction.

  19. Aerial View of Elgin
    Aerial view of Elgin looking east from the west side of the Fox River. Sign for "Wizard Oil for Pain" on a fence. Railroad tracks on the west side of the Fox River. Several train tracks and utility poles pass along the near side of the river. The buildings and trees on the far bank are reflected in the still water. The far river bank is generally relatively flat, lined by fences or trees and very near the surrounding buildings. On the far bank, the city is made up of modest homes.

  20. Aerial View of Elgin Including Fire Barn #1
    Aerial view looking northeast from Fountain Square. Taken from top of the Light Tower Building. In the center of the photograph is Fire Barn #1. The fire barn features an arched center door, flanked by a window on each side and another above. A bell sits in a tower on the roof. The lot next to the fire station is vacant and shows some piles of debris. Laundry is hung on clotheslines in the rear yards of several adjacent buildings.

  21. Aerial View of Elgin National Watch Factory
    Aerial view of Elgin Watch Factory (Camera positioned Southwest From National House Balcony). Dark plume of smoke from factory stack captured. Stereoscope view.

  22. Aerial View of Elgin National Watch Factory
    Aerial view of Elgin Watch Factory (Camera Looking Southwest From National House Balcony) Stereoscope view

  23. Aerial View of Fox River
    Aerial view looking northeast from State Street. Shows one bridge over the Fox River, and the dam and buildings along the riverbank. In the foreground is the roof of a home, and presumably the chimney of another. An unpaved street runs past the home's picket fence. Across this street is a small pasture with several cows under a patch of mature trees. A large orderly stack and haphazard pile of stones sits nearby. There is a home and barn nearby, near the water's edge. Closer to the bridge are more commercial buildings. The awnings extending over the wooden sidewalk of several of these buildings can be seen in the distance. Across the river is an area of closely arranged industrial buildings.

  24. Aldermen, unidentified
    Unidentified aldermen; biblical print

  25. Along the Fox River
    Looking southeast through concrete structure (Bridge?) from along the Fox River. Three storage tanks sit along the river, near two plain, one story buildings. A car is parked nearby. A sign for Parkway Transit is seen. In the distance are taller commercial buildings and a peaked structure.

  26. Artistic Carton Company at 66 North Grove Avenue
    The white building Is 66 North Grove, Artistic Carton Co. Taken from the corner of Division Street looking northwest. Water Softener Corporation, city parking lot. Sign for Elgin Paper Co. and Sparkle.

  27. Artistic Carton Company Plant
    Artistic Carton Company Plant, Big Timber Road, Elgin, Illinois. Just west of McLean Blvd. One story building with a flat roof.

  28. Back of the Union Bus Station
    The back of the Union Bus Station looking northwest from Dexter during demolition of property before the Civic Center was built. Greyhound bus in parking lot. Sign on building for "Cement Lime Plaster"

  29. Bent Street School
    Bent St. School southeast corner of Bent and St Charles. Wood building with three large rounded windows. Fence and houses behind the school. Similar to 1989.001.1490.

  30. Blizzard of 1881 Elgin Academy "Old Main"
    Blizzard of 1881 Elgin Academy "Old Main" Looking North Up College Street. Sleigh with a horse attached to it and a man sitting in the sleigh. Similar to 1989.001.1055, 1989.001.1485, and 1989.001.2771

  31. Blizzard of 1881 Elgin Academy "Old Main" Looking Up College Street
    Stereoscope photo of blizzard of 1881 Elgin Academy "Old Main" Looking North Up College Street. Sleigh with a horse attached to it and a man sitting in the sleigh. Similar to 1989.001.1055, 1989.001.1485, and 1989.001.2770

  32. Borden Plant
    Borden Plant on the southwest corner of North State and Highland, looking southeast from the railroad viaduct. A street car stops in front of the building as people get on and off. A man carrying 2 suitcases is seen near the front of the street car. A family with a young boy walks from the street car to the sidewalk. An open air automobile is parked nearby. The woman wears a long light colored dress and dark hat. Men on the sidewalk nearby are dressed in jackets or vests, but some carry their jackets or wear none at all. A large tree across the street is in full foliage with a prominent shadow; several people stand in the shade. Signs for Borden Malted Milk, Borden's Eagle Milk and Borden's Peerless Milk are seen on the side of the building.

  33. Brethren Publishing House. (South State Street).
    Brethren Publishing House. (South State Street). Signs for General Mission Board Church of the Brethren, B.S. Pearsall Butter Co., Brethren Book Store on awning

  34. Bridge (Now Chicago) Street.
    Bridge (Now Chicago) Street. View from the Chicago, Northwestern Railroad Viaduct. Fox River Woolen Factory, J.M. Adams Photograph Studio, M.M. McNeil, and Old Main (Elgin Academy) on the east side of Elgin. Taken from the overhead railroad tressel. Near Main, State and Bridge (Chicago) streets. An unpaved road passes between two fenced yards, one light colored clapboard 2 story house is shown. The sidewalk in front of this home is cobblestone. Across the street is a wooden sidewalk, like those that cross the intersection and proceed into the commercial block on the other side. Several wagons are parked in front of buildings in the commercial block. A man leans on a wooden structure at the corner, looking up the street. Beyond, the bridge is seen and more commercial buildings and homes in the far distance. Signs seen include Furniture, Fox River Woolen Factory, M. McNeil, Federal Union Insurance, Campbell & Taylor, J.M. Adams Photography Gallery, and Stoves and Hardware.

  35. Bridge Street (Now Chicago Street)
    Looking East on Bridge Street (Now Chicago Street) From Crystal Street. Chicago Northwestern Railroad viaduct in the foreground. J M Adams studio and City Mills buildings are pictured. A horse drawn wagon approaches the elevated railroad bridge. The wagon is driven by an adult man and a child rides at his side. The road is unpaved. The bridge displays small advertising signs for J.C. Lewis Wallpaper, Thea Nectar, Pauvine Hair product, Thompson's Furniture, and Victor. The masonry bridge support shows a pasted advertisement for a Diving Flue stove. A simple wooden rail sits along the track on top of the bridge. In the distance, seen through the gap below the bridge, is a city view. The bridge over the river is seen. Wagons line the street nearby, parked in front of commercial businesses. The city continues to spread out in the distance.

  36. Bridge Street (now Highland Ave.)
    Looking West On Bridge Street (Highland Ave.) From State Street. Dirt road with streetcar tracks in the road. There is a two story brick building on the corner with "Groceries" on the window awning and merchandise for sale displayed on the sidewalk out front. The building has decorative arches above the second story windows and a row of multidimensional brickwork along the parapet. A horse and wagon parked in front of the grocery story "Root & Downs" sign on the wagon. a fire hydrant sits in the street, just off of the wooden sidewalk. Chicago Northwestern Railroad tracks in the background. A two story clapboard house with dark shutters sits across the street from the grocery store. Utility poles line the street.

  37. Bridge Street Bridge (Now Chicago Street)
    Bridge Street Bridge, now Chicago Street, looking west from the roof of Adams Photo Gallery. Sign includes "American" on top of a building, and "Paint Shop" residing inside. Supports for the bridge extend into the water and dirt has caked into the wooden slats that make up the bridge's flat surface. Where the bridge meets the far shore, the bank is reinforced with stone walls. A 3 story wooden building sits near the bank. A line of animal skins is draped over a line between the building and the stone embankment. Several horse drawn wagons use the unpaved street; it angles sharply up the hill toward the horizon. A raised street crosses over Bridge Street, supported by stone pillars and accessible by a steep staircase.

  38. Brook Street from Dexter
    Looking south on Brook Street from Dexter. Elgin Spark Building, Elgin Gabriel Sales, Co., Across the street is Holland Furnace, La Hacienda Restaurant, and Helen's Rooming House.

  39. Brook Street from Division Street
    Looking north up Brook Street from Division Street. Helen's Rooming House on the right. Varsity Liquors across from Helen's Boarding House. A billboard for Jim Kelly Ford. Across the street Rohlwing Bros. General Tire. Partial Holland Furnace sign.

  40. Building the east side Raceway
    Southeast view of Elgin, Illinois building the east side Raceway. Taken from near the dam, looking toward the Chicago Street bridge. The Fox River is low, with patches of dry land visible. A wooden structure is prominent in the foreground of the photo. Beyond this is another wooden structure at the water's edge, along side a pier or wooden walkway. In the background of the photo is a covered structure extending above the water which advertises "Hides & Leather, The Highest Price Paid for Hides, Pelts, Wool."

  41. C &.N.W Ry Locomotive #1396 And Caboose On Mainline
    Chicago &.Northwestern Railway locomotive #1396 and caboose on mainline extra caboose on siding

  42. C. M. St. P. & P Ry Westbound "Hiawatha" Locomotive #15a At Spaulding
    Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul Railway Westbound "Hiawatha" (Locomotive #15a at Spaulding, Water tower in foreground. Laundry on a clothesline. Similar to 1989.001.0920.

  43. C. M. St. P. &P Ry 'Gandy Dancers" At Raymond St
    Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & P. Ry 'Gandy Dancers" at Raymond St; these are section gangs doing labor intensive work. The tank was removed in the early 1970's.

  44. C. M. St. P. &P Ry Eastbound Freight Train At Spaulding
    Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul Railway eastbound freight train at Spaulding. Water tank in foreground.

  45. C.A. & E. Third Rail Car #306 At Elgin Terminal
    Chicago, Aurora and Elgin (C. A. & E.) Third Rail Car #306 at Elgin Terminal; Fox River on right.

  46. C.M. St. P Rr Commuter Train Eastbound At Fox River Switch
    Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul Railroad Commuter Train eastbound at Fox River Switch. About to cross the Chicago and Northwestern tracks at the south end of Elgin. One of the early diesel locomotives that replaced steam locomotives. The suburban passenger train predates METRA by 30 plus years. Three lines represented here: Milwaukee Road (C.M. St. P. and P. RR), Northwestern RR - two lines, and Chicago, Aurora & Elgin two car suburban train route Elgin to Chicago.

  47. C.M. St.P Ry "Hiawatha"Crossing Fox River At Elgin
    Chicago Milwaukee Saint Paul (C.M. St.P) Railway "Hiawatha" heading east across Fox River bridge at Elgin just south of National St. Hiawatha steam locomotive circa 1950 Chicago to West Coast; possible main line passenger.

  48. C.M. St.P Ry Locomotive #189 Crossing Fox River Switch
    Chicago, Milwaukee, & Saint Paul (C.M. St.P) Railway locomotive #189 crossing Fox River Switch. Local suburban passenger train (Milwaukee Road) heading east for Watch Factory Route, crossing Northwestern tracks that wind through downtown Elgin. Tower Building in the background. Similar to 1989.001.0907

  49. Charles Pierce Residence, 156 North Liberty Street, Elgin, Illinois
    First residence of Charles Pierce at 156 North Liberty Street, northeast corner of Lillie and Liberty Streets. House built 1899. Home features a long covered porch that wraps around two sides of the home with a curved facade, four people stand on the porch. Three stories of windows are visible on the home. A bicycle rests against the porch steps. A barn is visible behind the corner of the house, along Lillie Street.

  50. Charles Pierce Residence, 200 Hill Street, Elgin, Illinois
    Second Residence of Charles Pierce At 200 Hill Street, northwest corner of Park and Hill Streets. Front view from Hill Street. House Built 1914. Accs. 89.1.336 & 337 On same mat. Three stories of windows are visible. The home features a covered porch at the front, ferns hang from the porch ceiling and a rocking chair sits by the steps. Planter boxes and a bench are also visible on the porch. A garage with a paved driveway is seen at the right.

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