1930's and 40's. [Chicago][Advertising][Photography] Collection of Late 1930's-Early 1940's Chicago Area Storefront and Promotional Photography 8 x 10 Inch Negatives (89)
Collection of 89 celluloid negatives (Kodak and AGFA Safety Film) measuring 8 x 10 inches in modern sleeves. A couple of negatives have light rippling and a mild vinegar smell, but the vast majority are flat and clean. Almost all have catalog numbers written on the negative. Very Good Condition.
Outstanding collection of Chicago area and suburban advertising/promotional photography prior to World War Two. We find several dated reference points including 1939 and 1941 in the collection. We believe (based on material not relevant to the photo archive but which came with the collection) that the photographer's surname is Russell and may well be the Russell Studio as noted on landgonroad.com but we found no further information on the Russell Studio.
Nonetheless, this collection shows the work of an accomplished large-format photographer, especially in some of their night photos and showroom shots. A theme running through the collection are a large number of photos of appliances, especially those utilizing natural gas. Several storefronts and showroom images advertise the "Blue Flame Exposition" which began in 1937 and was sponsored by the Public Service Company, of which we have several wonderful images of their offices.
The collection also includes several suburban downtown shopping districts, hair salons, 5 & Dime stores, a classic art deco theater, a period gas station, plus a variety of storefront images.
The large-format will allow for wonderfully detailed prints from a by-gone era.
Should be seen to be appreciated. Scans available upon request. Item #309