Posted September 24, 2009 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized
Tagged with 1950s, 1960s, 71ST STREET CHICAGO, 75TH STREET CHICAGO, 79TH STREET CHICAGO, CHICAGO APARTMENT LIFE, CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE, CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD, CHICAGO'S SOUTH SHORE, CHICAGO'S SOUTH SIDE, GROWING UP IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS CENTRAL ELECTRIC, JOHN CHUCKMAN, MYRA BRADWELL SCHOOL, NEIGHBORHOOD CHANGE AND WHITE FLIGHT, NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABLIA, RAINBOW BEACH, SHORELINE LAKE MICHIGAN, SOUTH SHORE HIGH SCHOOL, SOUTH SHORE VINTAGE POSTCARDS, SOUTH SHORE VINTAGE SNAPSHOTS, TREE-LINED STREETS, URBAN DESIGN, URBAN LANDSCAPE, URBAN VILLAGE, URBS IN HORTO
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Ah, the steel wheel roller skates! One reason to invest in strong leather soled shoes was when the key to the skates tightened the shoes to the metal flyers the clamps didn’t bite the toes. The leather straps, like necklaces for the ankle, pulled tight so when taking the corner, the skate would stick like glue to the shoe’s sole. Yep, never a reason for a boring day. Always had the opportunity to power-up and zip along the pebbled- stone Chicago sidewalks, around the block; around the block and around the block. When Standard Oil poured a smooth corner at 79th and South Shore Drive, the bobble-head effect was given a rest. We’d skate that smooth cement, slick as glass and wet feet, for hours. My silver set sits just the other side of a bookcase window where I can peer into the looking-glass of past days of endless summer nights. How fun it was!
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