• "March of Progress: 1885-1956"

    Des Plaines Publishing Company

    Special newspaper supplement published by the Des Plaines Publishing Company in 1956. The edition celebrates the history and success of many businesses, individuals, community and faith-based organiza…

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  • Birdseye View North, Des Plaines, Ill.

    Overhead view of the north side of Des Plaines, circa 1900s. The original Des Plaines Public Library, built with grant money provided by Andrew Carnegie, can be seen at left, on the corner of Miner St…

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  • Rand Park Public Pool

    Swimming pool at Rand Park, Des Plaines, IL.

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  • South Division School, circa 1923

    Opened in 1906, the school was located on the block between Thacker and Center streets and Ashland Avenue. South Division School was given the new name "Central School" in 1928 as a result of two new…

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  • "What's This?," v2, no1

    The January 6, 1944 issue of "What's This?," the newsletter of the Des Plaines Chapter of the Women's Defense Corps of America (WDCA). Includes a feature on Lt. Frances "Bud" F. Rainey and 2nd Lt. Mel…

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  • Dining Room, Methodist Camp Ground

    Postcard of the popular Methodist Camp Ground in Des Plaines, circa 1940s - 1950s. Card is postmarked 1957.

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  • Bungalow on 2nd Ave, circa 1930

    This house in the area known as Westfield was one of many houses built in Des Plaines by W. L. Plew & Company, a local real estate business founded by Walter L. Plew in 1922. The majority of the homes…

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  • Old Dutch Windmill, 1900s

    View of the Old Dutch Windmill on River Road, circa 1900s. Although Des Plaines is identified as the location on the postcard, the following source states the location as Lawrence Ave and River Road i…

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  • Douglas Wildfang, Letter, 3-18-1945

    Douglas Wildfang

    Letter written by PFC Douglas Wildfang to Gloria Mau while he was serving in Okinawa during World War II. In this letter, Doug expressed to Gloira how much he likes her and how much they have in commo…

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  • Tom Augusten, Letter, 6-25-1949

    Tom Augusten

    Letter from Tom Augusten to Gloria Mau; written while he was stationed in Tokyo, Japan.

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  • Flight 191 airplane crash photograph, 1979

    Des Plaines Publishing Company

    Photograph published in the May 31, 1979 edition of the Des Plaines Journal showing a chaplain blessing the dead at the site of a major airline crashn. On Friday, May 25, American Airlines flight 191…

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  • Epworth League Building, circa 1900s

    Postcard of a building with signage that says "Union Ave. " Card is postmarked October 24, 1910. Message identifies this building as the “Epworth League Building, Desplaines.” The Epworth League, a Me…

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  • Revised Ordinances of the Village of Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois. Passed December 7, 1885.

    Village of Des Plaines

    A pamphlet published in 1886 of the Ordinances of the City of Des Plaines as revised and passed by the Village Board of Trustees on December 7, 1885. The board at that time consisted of August Moldenh…

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  • Diary of Isabella Norton, May 19, 1865 - November 1865

    Isabella Norton

    Civil War era diary dated May 1865, 19 - November 1865. Although this diary has no indication of its authorship, it is most likely the diary of one Isabella Norton who lived in Des Plaines during the…

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  • JoJo Bradshaw, 1979

    Des Plaines Public Library

    Postcard and letter from Olympic pairs figure skater JoJo Bradshaw, nee Starbuck, encouraging literacy as part of the "Super Heroes are Super Readers" summer reading program. She was married to profes…

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  • Historical Society Gets Model of Seeger Farm

    Des Plaines Publishing Company

    Article written by Hazel Froelicher of the Des Plaines Historical Society about a replica of the Seegers farm. The model was constructed by Herbert Seegers and donated to the Des Plaines Historical So…

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  • Richard Van Scoyoc, Chairman of Counselors

    Des Plaines Publishing Company

    Photograph and profile of Maine East High School counselor Richard Van Scoyoc. From the November 21, 1963 edition of the Des Plaines Suburban Times.

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  • Hunter Shoots Mutant Duck, 1958

    Des Plaines Publishing Company

    Brief article with photograph about Des Plaines resident, Michael Nellessen, who shot a Mallard duck with three legs and four feet while hunting in Putnam, Illinois. From the November 9, 1958 edition…

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  • "You Will Like Des Plaines" recording

    James Schiffer

    Audio recording of "You Will Like Des Plaines," a promotional song adapted by Savena Ahbe from an original hymn by Wm. J. Kirkpatrick in 1924 (original sheet music seen elsewhere in this collection).…

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  • "Des Plaines Centennial Celebration, June 25-30"

    Des Plaines Centennial, Inc

    "Des Plaines Centennial Celebration, June 25-30, official souvenir program, 1835 1935" was published in 1935 by Des Plaines Centennial, Inc., an organization made up of elected public officials, local…

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