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Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Photographs from the Chicago Daily News (1902-1933)

Photographs from the Chicago Daily News (1902-1933) – http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpcoop/ichihtml/cdnhome.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

What did US Army winter uniforms look like in 1918?
What did early 20th Century buildings look like in the United States?
Where can I find a photo of director D. W. Griffith?


This is an excellent resource to see what urban America was like in the early 20th Century. There are pictures of buildings, people and events. According to the website, “Most of the photographs were taken in Chicago, Illinois, or in nearby towns, parks, or athletic fields. In addition to many Chicagoans, the images include politicians, actors, and other prominent people who stopped in Chicago during their travels and individual athletes and sports teams who came to Chicago. Also included are photographs illustrating the operations of the Chicago Daily News itself and pictures taken on occasional out-of-town trips by the Daily News’s photographers to important events, such as the inauguration of presidents in Washington, D.C. ”

The subject search is probably your best bet if you are cruising for ideas. If you know exactly who or what you are looking for, use the keyword search.

The copyright for these photographs is held by the Chicago History Museum and their permission must be sought for commercial reproductions. See http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpcoop/ichihtml/copyres.html for details. While the page implies all the photos are copyrighted, photos before 1923 which were published in the newspaper are public domain materials and so could be used commercially without permission.


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