Promontory Point in the 1940s

Promontory Point in the 1940s


A recent post at Open Water Chicago alerted me to an incredible collection of photos at the Indiana University Digital Library, taken by Charles Cushman between 1938 and 1969.

Of particular interest are the numerous shots he took at Chicago’s Promontory Point in the early 1940s. Through Cushman’s keen eye, we can see the Point was a special place even back then, when its great trees were mere saplings.

But Cushman was apparently drawn less to the landscape and water features of the Point than to the… human features. Specifically, women in bathing attire. The Point just happened to be an unusually rich source of subjects.

Here’s a sampling of Cushman’s work, with his original captions. The entire collection is available here.

2 Responses to “Promontory Point in the 1940s”

  1. Chicken O'Sea

    2012-04-03T09:43:48+00:00

    These are great!!! Thanks for posting. I’d love to get some prints

    Reply
    • Evan

      2012-04-03T15:25:23+00:00

      Amazing how little has changed out there in 70 years…

      Reply

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