Thursday, April 18, 2019

ABOUT JOHN CHUCKMAN

John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. John regards it as a badge of honor to have left the United States as a poor young man from the South Side of Chicago when the country embarked on the pointless murder of something like 3 million Vietnamese in their own land because they embraced the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling “the peaceable kingdom.”

John’s writing appears regularly on many Internet sites. He has been translated into at least ten languages and has been regularly translated into Italian and Spanish. Several of his essays have been published in book collections, including two college texts. He has published a book, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, published by Constable and Robinson, London. John also writes book reviews.

Apart from his writing since retiring from the oil industry, John has taught university courses in economics, done a good deal of private tutoring, served as a professional newspaper restaurant reviewer (he likes cooking), followed his favorite hobby of photography, and created a popular family of image blogs on the Internet.

John may be reached directly at:  formersouthsideboy@gmail.com

SOME INTERNET SITES FROM JOHN CHUCKMAN:


CHUCKMAN'S PLACES ON WORDPRESS: FEATURING THE BELOVED URBAN VILLAGE OF SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO

CHUCKMAN'S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: CHICAGO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABILIA

CHUCKMAN'S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: TORONTO NOSTALGIA

CHUCKMAN’S MONTREAL

CHUCKMAN'S PHOTOS ON WORD PRESS

CHUCKMAN'S KODACHROMES ON WORDPRESS: JOHN AND BOBBY LONG AGO

CHUCKMAN'S PORT STANLEY

CHUCKMAN'S BAYFIELD

CHUCKMAN'S GODERICH

CHUCKMAN'S ILES DE LA MADELEINE (MAGDALEN ISLANDS)

CHUCKMAN'S ART

CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS

CHUCKMAN'S GALLERY OF GROTESQUES

CHUCKMAN'S CARTOON COMMENTS

CHUCKMAN'S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: 1920s ARCADE CARD BEAUTIES – THEIR CHARM AND GRACE AND WHIMSY

CHUCKMAN'S WORDS ON WORDPRESS: POLITICAL ESSAYS

CHUCKMAN'S WORDS ON WORDPRESS: COMMENTS FROM THE WORLD'S PRESS

CHUCKMAN'S MISCELLANEA OF WORDS

CHUCKMAN'S NON-SPORTS TRADING CARDS OF THE 1950S VOLUME 01 (OF 4 VOLUMES)



ME, ROUGHLY: THE DECLINE IS RAPID NOW

PHOTO - CHICAGO - PRESERVED ENTRANCE ARCH TO LOUIS SULLIVAN'S BELOVED STOCK EXCHANGE BUILDING (DESIGNED 1893 AND RAZED 1972) - WASHINGTON AND LASALLE - THE IMAGE IS ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC OF MANY I'VE SEEN - ON A TERRACE NEXT TO THE ART INSTITUTE - THE ART INSTITUTE HAS LOTS OF BITS AND PIECES OF THE BUILDING ON DISPLAY INSIDE - BUT WHAT A SHAME THE BUILDING COULDN'T HAVE BEEN PRESERVED - 1978 - EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


PHOTO - CHICAGO - THE THOMPSON BUILDING - ORIGINALLY CALLED STATE OF ILLINOIS CENTER - 100 W RANDOLPH - A HELMUT JAHN DESIGN - THERE IS A JEAN DUBUFFET SCULPTURE NEAR THE ENTRANCE - OPENED 1985 - EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


PHOTO - CHICAGO - GRANT PARK AND A COUPLE OF DISTANT BUILDINGS - NOTE PARKING LOT - MARINA BEHIND TREES - VIEW LOOKING N - FROM TOP OF FIELD MUSEUM STAIRS WITH BRONZE DECORATIVE LIGHT STAND (NOTE: THERE'S ONE OF THESE ON EACH SIDE OF THE BROAD STAIRS) - THIS WAS TAKEN WITH A LONGER, LESS WIDE-FIELD LENS THAN THE IMAGE BELOW - 1968 - EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


PHOTO - CHICAGO - GRANT PARK AND DISTANT SKYLINE VIEW LOOKING N - FROM TOP OF FIELD MUSEUM STAIRS WITH GROUP OF PEOPLE - DRAMATIC CLOUDS - 1966 - SNAPSHOT EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CHARLES A STEVENS DEPARTMENT STORE - MANDEL BROTHERS TO RIGHT - COLUMBUS BUILDING TO LEFT - MARSHALL FIELD'S IS ON LEFT EDGE - ELEVATED VIEW OF FACADES - TINTED - NICE VERSION - 1916


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - STONY ISLAND AVE - PARKSIDE - OBSCURE REFERENCE TO N OF RAILROAD - ROW OF SHOPS STREET LEVEL - 1910


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - BOARD OF TRADE BUILDING AND OBSERVATORY - AERIAL - SEE ALL OF CHICAGO FROM THE SKY - c 1940


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - AERIAL VIEW OF CHICAGO RIVER AND BUILDINGS - LOOKING NE FROM A HEIGHT - CALLED PASSING THROUGH CHICAGO - HEART OF THE MIDDLE WEST - 1951


PHOTO - CHICAGO - CTA ELEVATED - UNKNOWN STATION - TWO RAPID TRANSIT TRAINS IN THE SNOW - VERY ATMOSPHERIC - 1979 - EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


PHOTO - CHICAGO - OAK STREET BEACH AREA - LOOKING S OVER WATER - NIGHT - PALMOLIVE BUILDING FEATURED - LIGHTED WRIGLEY BUILDING IN DISTANCE - VERY ATMOSPHERIC - EDITED FROM A WILLIAM ARTHUR IMAGE - 1950s


PHOTO - CHICAGO - GRANT PARK GROUND LEVEL LOOKING N - FLOWER GARDEN FOUNTAIN AND BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN - SOME BUILDINGS ON RANDOLPH IN DISTANCE - 1977 - EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


PHOTO - CHICAGO - CLARK AND MADISON STREETS - PARKING SIGNS - 1960s - EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


PHOTO - CHICAGO - BALBO DRIVE - LOOKING W GROUND LEVEL - CONRAD HILTON HOTEL AHEAD ON MICHIGAN - BUSES - 1977 - EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


PHOTO - CHICAGO - SHIP SS AQUARAMA - ALSO NOTE HAMBURG CHICAGO LINE SHIP - UNKNOWN LOCATION - THE SHIP WAS A LUXURY CRUISE SHIP ON THE GREAT LAKES - A LATE TROOP SHIP FROM WWII IT WAS CONVERTED - IT SPENT THE SUMMER OF 1955 AT NAVY PIER AS AN AMUSEMENT CENTER - 1960 - EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


PHOTO - CHICAGO - WHIMSICAL REFRESHMENT STAND CALLED THE SHIP NEAR AN UNKNOWN BEACH - SEVERAL WOMEN POSING - 1930


PHOTO - CHICAGO - STUDIO PORTRAIT OF BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL SITTING ON A PROP - HER NAME IS GIVEN AS LUCILLE NICHOLSEN - MESLER-AMES STUDIO - 1917


PHOTO - CHICAGO - UNKNOWN MAN STANDING ACROSS STREET FROM COLISEUM ANNEX BUILDING - PERHAPS ON S WABASH NEAR 15TH LIKE THE COLISEUM - c1920


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY - MICHIGAN AND RANDOLPH - LOOKING NW GROUND LEVEL - CARS - PEDESTRIANS - 1940s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - NAVY PIER - ELEVATED PANORAMIC VIEW - NOTE ELEVATED STREETCAR - STEAMING SHIP - OPENED 1916 AS MUNICIPAL PIER - RE-NAMED NAVY PIER IN 1927 - ORIGINAL MUNICIPAL PIER PART OF BURNHAM PLAN - C1930


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - PRAIRIE AVE AND 46TH STREET - BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT BUILDINGS - STRIPED AWNINGS (NOTE: THEY HAD NO AIR-CONDITIONING THEN) - TREE-LINED STREET - 1910


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - SECOND CHURCH OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE - WRIGHTWOOD AVE - ANOTHER OF THE NUMEROUS IMPRESSIVE ESTABLISHMENT CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCHES OF THE TIME - 1906


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - SWEDISH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH - AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD - c1910


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - THE OAKS CLUB - AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD - 1907


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO - AERIAL PANORAMA OF CAMPUS - LOOKING NE - HYDE PARK NEIGHBORHOOD - c1940


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - WALGREEN DRUGSTORE - STATE AND RANDOLPH - OAK ROOM RESTAURANT DOWNSTAIRS WITH ESCALATORS - NICE VERSION - c1950


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - DOWNTOWN AERIAL PANORAMA - 1933


PHOTO - CHICAGO - AERIAL PANORAMA FROM ABOVE N END OF LINCOLN PARK LOOKING S TOWARDS SKYLINE - c 1970 - EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


PHOTO - CHICAGO - TRIBUNE TOWER - UPPER PORTION - 435 N MICHIGAN AVE - THE BUILDING WAS THE RESULT OF A BIG INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION THE TRIBUNE SET IN 1922 - THIS, THE WINNING DESIGN, OPENED IN 1925 - 1985 - EDITED FROM AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - AMERICAN SCHOOL OF CORRESPONDENCE - 58TH AND DREXEL BLVD - 1910s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - UNKNOWN STREET - HANDSOME ROW HOUSES - c1910


PHOTO - CHICAGO - PORTION OF SKYLINE AND LAKE - PANORAMA LOOKING N E FROM A HEIGHT - DUSK - 1974 - EDITED FROM UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MEDINAH ATHLETIC CLUB BUILDING - N MICHIGAN AVE - LATER THIS WOULD BECOME A SHERIDAN HOTEL - MOORISH INFLUENCE IN STYLING LIKE THE AVALON THEATER - PART OF SERIES FOR 1933 WORLD'S FAIR - TINTED


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE BRIDGE AND BUILDINGS ON N SIDE OF RIVER - VIEW FROM S SIDE OF RIVER - CALLED BOULEVARD LINK BRIDGE LOOKING N - 1920s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - ARMOUR AND COMPANY UNION STOCK YARD - BALLOON AERIAL PHOTO - TINTED - 1910s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - PROMOTIONAL OFFER FOR HOTEL GRACE - JACKSON BLVD AND CLARK - BACK OF ARMOUR AND COMPANY UNION STOCK YARD BALLOON AERIAL VIEW - 1910s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - UNKNOWN STREET OF FAIRLY LARGE HOMES - HORSE AND BUGGY - MAN AND GIRL - 1908


Sunday, March 31, 2019

PHOTO - CHICAGO - BALBO DRIVE LOOKING W FROM NEAR LAKESHORE DRIVE - UNKNOWN WOMAN AND LITTLE GIRL LOOKING VERY HAPPY AT DRINKING FOUNTAIN - THE FOUNTAIN IS THE TYPE THEN FOUND IN MANY CHICAGO PARKS - CONRAD HILTON HOTEL IN THE DISTANCE - SNAPSHOT - EDITED FROM UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER - EARLY 1950s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - STATE STREET AND MADISON - BIG CROWDS - HEAVY TRAFFIC - MANDEL BROTHERS DEPARTMENT STORE ON RIGHT - LOOKING N SOMEWHAT ELEVATED - TINTED - NICE VERSION - LATE 1910s


PHOTO - CHICAGO - OLD FEDERAL BUILDING - ELEVATED PANORAMA WITH SURROUNDINGS - LOOKING S W FROM ABOVE ADAMS AND DEARBORN - OPENED IN 1905 - RAZED 1965 - NICE VERSION - 1961


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - ADLER PLANETARIUM - BUILDING FINISHED - GROUND NOT PAVED OR LANDSCAPED - THE PLANETARIUM WAS FUNDED BY MAX ADLER AN EXECUTIVE OF SEARS - IT WAS AMERICA'S FIRST OF A KIND OF INSTITUTION WHICH HAD ALREADY BECOME POPULAR IN GERMANY - OPENED IN 1930


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - LEXINGTON AVE AND 58TH STREET - QUADRANGLE CLUB - 1910s