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State Street in Chicago, Illinois, 1905

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This image provides a double view of State Street in Chicago. Tall, multi-storied buildings line both streets. The sidewalks on both sides of the street are full of people walking. The street traffic includes a tram, several horse-drawn wagons or buggies, and a couple of automobiles. A street light is prominently in the foreground.
Courtesy of Library of Congress, Graves, C.H., "State Street, Chicago," 1905


This view of State Street in Chicago, Illinois, is presented as a stereographic image. These images were designed to be used in a viewing device so the viewer would see a 3D image. These images were popular as a way to see other places.

Source-Dependent Questions

  • Chicago at the beginning of the 20th century would have been considered a modern city. What features in this photo would support that statement?
  • Which of these features would have been more profitable in an area with a higher population, like Chicago?

Citation Information 

Graves, C.H., "State Street, Chicago," 1905. Courtesy of Library of Congress