As you can see, I made some changes to the appearance of my blog. The photo on the cover page was taken of the Jeffery Manor and Merrionette Manor developments in the 1940’s. The photo is the result of many headache-inducing quests to find photographs of my childhood neighborhood when it was first built. I will have to dig to find the specific source of the photo, but alas, it is not my property nor am I trying to pass it off as such.
I can spend hours on Google image searches and academic databases looking for photographs. I have bookmarked UIC’s CARLI digital collections and U of C’s Mildred Mead collections. I may have found an aerial view of my childhood home. The photograph was part of a Chicago Housing Authority report on the Trumbull Park homes on the southeast side. Just north of 103rd street, my childhood neighborhood was in the midst of being built. Also from the CARLI database were photographs of the neighborhood from the 1920’s. It blew my mind-the only structure that had been built was the Trumbull Park Fieldhouse. 100th street and Yates were just dirt roads, and where homes stood twenty years later were just weeds and mud. These photos often lead me to fantasize about time travel, but my guy friend told me no Black person should travel no earlier than 1984-so that’s that, I suppose..
Good night all