Here’s a wonderful film of Chicago from the 1940s, discovered by film editor Jeff Altman at an estate sale on the South Side of the Windy City. A good portion of the film was taken from their air, courtesy of United Air Lines. It is in color. It is a promotional film for the city, but better than most. I have not seen the video because my computer is dying in so many ways (it is a MacMini purchased in 2006; last night I purchased an iMac with so much more capacity sheerly through the dint of time; problems like halting video and, let’s hope, the loss of my link tool on WordPress, and the eternally revolving beach ball, just to name a few, will go away as soon as the new machine is installed). I hope to see Chicago, the city of my birth, later today or tomorrow. But here it is for you, free of charge courtesy of Jeff Altman and Architecture Here and There (the name of this blog).
[Update, days later, with my new iMac installed, I have finally seen it.]
Hats off to John Hooker for posting this on the Pro-Urb listserv. It is below: