The Gylleck Photo Collection consists of about 3,500 black and white images of Elgin, Illinois from 1847 to the 1960s. Elmer Gylleck was a photographer in Elgin who purchased a large collection of glass plate negatives from the first photographer in Elgin and many other Elgin photographers.
He made 11 x 14 prints of many of the glass negatives as well as film negatives of the glass plates. He also made prints from his own photographs. The images in the collection highlight the Elgin National Watch Company, Elgin streetscapes, the Elgin Road Races, manufacturing, homes, schools, and general Elgin life. Gylleck mounted many of the images on matte board and they have notations pasted or written in ink on the back.
These notations give more details about the images.
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