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Chicago Then and Now (Then & Now) Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 10, 2002

4.3 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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About the Author

Elizabeth McNulty first became interested in the history of Boston while attending graduate school in the area. She currently lives in San Diego, where she works in the publishing industry, but often returns to Boston to visit friends and colleagues. She is a member of the Bostonian Society.
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (May 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571452788
  • ASIN: B0027VT01U
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 11.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,012,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have several of these "then and now" books, and I would say this is the weakest of the bunch. I dearly love Chicago, and some of the old photographs were very interesting, but the book has a few problems. First, the photographic perspectives are rarely in synch, so it is difficult to compare the two pictures directly; either the angle is off to the side, or it's at a different distance. This seems rather to defeat the purpose of a "then and now" theme, which is to facilitate comparison. Secondly, a great many of the buildings and scenes are virtually identical to what they were, so one wonders why they were included. Finally, a map should have been included.

On the positive side, many of Chicago's key spots are targeted, such as the Water Tower, the stockyards and Hull House, and the paragraphs that accompany each picture do convey a lot of interesting information.

If you are interested in Chicago or urban history you will undoubtedly still enjoy this volume, but lower your expectations a bit before the book arrives so you won't be disappointed.
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An interesting look at Chicago as it appeared in the past, compared to now. More than just a picture book, it also gives some historical perspective for each location. If you're a Chicagoan, this is a must have. There are two problems that keep this from getting a top ranking. First, the focus of a "then and now" book should be to compare and contrast, so we can see how much has changed. There's several locations shown here that haven't really changed, and you wonder why they were included. Also, the "then" and "now" pictures should be shot from roughly the same location, showing the same perspective. That's not always the case here, and you may have to spend some time figuring out how to get things lined up. Still, it's a good way to see how the city used to look, and a rare look at some of the now-missing architectural treasures.
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I enjoyed this book. Some of the pictures do not compare well because they were taken at different angles or from a different side of the street. Nevertheless, this is a great book. I found lots of stuff to compare. Native Chicagoans, who take an interest in the city, will like it. I purchased it for my brother for Christmas...liked it so much I purchased one for myself.
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This book has a relatively unusual format. A picture (often dating from before 1900) of a building or structure is shown on the left page, and a modern picture of the same building or structure is shown on the right facing page. A number of reviewers have complained about the fact that the comparative pictures were not usually taken from the same spot. I am unsure how easy it is to take a new picture of a structure from the exact location of a previous photo, at least without special technical assistance. In addition, the spot from which an old photo was taken may have been an empty lot which now contains a building--thus ruling out a new photo getting taken from the exact same spot as the old.

Besides the familiar Chicago landmarks, this book contains some pictures of churches. I especially appreciated the photos of St. Ignatius Church and St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.
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This books brought back lots of memeories for all my family. The pictures were excellent!! The stories of how they came to be and how they were reconstucted were so interesting. Alot of history here. A must have for all Chicagoans. I bought 5 of these as Christmas gifts for my family and friends. Thanks.
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I received the Miami version of this book as a gift and decided to purchase the Chicago versions as gifts for my mom and mother-in law for Christmas. I haven't given them yet but of course I have read them. For any one who is interested in seeing architecture or neighborhoods as they look now and what they used to look like, it's a fascinating read. Just enough history is included as to not make the reading tedious. Also there are books of other major cities as well.
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I own the book "Chicago, then and Now" but am not sure I would recommend it, simply because it seems rather hastily put together. The old time "then" photographs are for the most part, quite nice, well framed shots, while the "now" shots are mostly terrible. It is often difficult to tell if the new shot is really of the same location, simply because it is taken from a different location and looking in a completely different direction than the original. The authors don't seem to even try to get the shots from the same angle/location or take much time to set up a decent photograph. This series could be done so much better. The text is mostly just filler between the shots with no real insight, though this can be forgiven, as it is something of a "coffee table" book. Nice concept, not the best execution.
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Obviously many people have found this book and its subject of interest. Very well done. McNulty juxtaposes views of Chicago from the past with the same views now and explains the background and story behind the before and after photos. Very well done for those who like Windy City history. You will NOT be disappointed. I learned a few new things myself. Easy, interesting read. Well worth your effort if you are a city of Chicago fan!
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