JOHN CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – 79TH STREET – WINTER – CAPTURES NICELY THE SENSE OF OUR “URBAN VILLAGE” – FROM HUGH CELANDER’S STORE WINDOW – 1958 – A HUGH CELANDER PHOTO   4 comments

79TH STREET - WINTER - FROM HUGH CELANDER'S STORE WINDOW - 1958

Cunis’s Candies – where the lady is standing looking at the window – was an important local institution. They made their own candies and ice cream, and there were tables inside where you could have a fountain treat.

They made some milkshakes – a very popular item in the 1950/60s – that were trademark items, including chocolate chip and orange, which tasted like something like a creamsicle and was my summer favorite.

The gift shop on the left of Cunis’s was a place for gift wrap and greeting cards.

On the far right, just out of the frame of the picture, was the Bon Ton Restaurant on the corner of Colfax and 79th, another of those inexpensive, family style restaurants run by Greeks.

This picture, more than most, captures the sense of South Shore neighborhood as what I call an urban village.

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4 responses to “JOHN CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – 79TH STREET – WINTER – CAPTURES NICELY THE SENSE OF OUR “URBAN VILLAGE” – FROM HUGH CELANDER’S STORE WINDOW – 1958 – A HUGH CELANDER PHOTO

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  1. This is a wonderful picture which gives me a glimpse into my childhood again. Thank you so much for collecting all of these great pictures. Why not a book?

  2. Great pictures! I spent a lot of time at Cunis and the Bon Ton as a kid.
    Thanks for the memories!

  3. Love this photo! I lived at 77th & Kingston so walked down this block just about every day. Cunis’ Ice Cream is still a favorite! Thanks for all these great photos, many great memories!

    Colleen Kennedy Scully

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