Chicago’s Anointed: 16 Caricatures (1871) by Carlo de Fornaro

Harvard’s Widener Library is one of only four libraries in the U.S. to own the book Chicago’s Anointed, which contains caricatures of wealthy Chicagoans from the Gilded Age. Here we see Philip D. Armour, the meatpacking baron, and Marshall Field, the department store tycoon, along with their imagined coats of arms.

(Courtesy Kathleen Sheehan)


Top: A view of Wrigley Field as it looked in 1928, two years after it was renamed for the Cubs’ new principal owner, William Wrigley, Jr.

Middle: From left, Cubs manager and first baseman Charlie Grimm, head groundskeeper Bob Dorr, and shortstop Woody English in 1934. Dorr started as the groundskeeper in 1919 and lived in a six-room house built into the left-field corner of Wrigley Field. The front door of the house let out directly onto Waveland Avenue.

Bottom: Fans camped out overnight for a place in line for bleacher tickets at Wrigley Field in 1945. Some fans used tubs and baskets to keep the rain off their face.

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In 1914, construction was underway for the first baseball season at Weeghman Park for the Federal League Chicago Whales team. In 1926, the park was renamed Wrigley Field and is now home to the Chicago Cubs.
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In 1914, construction was underway for the first baseball season at Weeghman Park for the Federal League Chicago Whales team. In 1926, the park was renamed Wrigley Field and is now home to the Chicago Cubs.

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In 1957, architect Frank Lloyd Wright greets actor Charlton Heston and his granddaughter Anne Baxter at his home, Taliesin West. Heston and Baxter were there for a press conference to promote the western Three Violent People. They had acted together the year before in the film The Ten Commandments.
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In 1957, architect Frank Lloyd Wright greets actor Charlton Heston and his granddaughter Anne Baxter at his home, Taliesin West. Heston and Baxter were there for a press conference to promote the western Three Violent People. They had acted together the year before in the film The Ten Commandments.

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Hugh Hefner with his parents Glenn and Grace and brother Keith at the Playboy Mansion in Chicago; ca 1967.
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Hugh Hefner with his parents Glenn and Grace and brother Keith at the Playboy Mansion in Chicago; ca 1967.

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The facade of Irving Gill’s Pickwick Theatre (built 1904, demolished 1926) in San Diego paid homage to Louis Sullivan’s Transportation Building and its famous “Golden Door”. Gill had been an apprentice for Adler & Sullivan in Chicago and directly worked on the Transportation Building for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

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Portrait of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe standing in the stairwell of the Arts Club of Chicago, ca. 1952.
In the 1990s a developer bought the famous Mies-designed clubhouse’s property and demolished the entire block to make way for a movie complex and shopping center. The Arts Club reused the Mies van der Rohe steel staircase (seen in the above photo) in their new building, which is their seventh location.
(Photographer: Harry Callahan)

Portrait of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe standing in the stairwell of the Arts Club of Chicago, ca. 1952.

In the 1990s a developer bought the famous Mies-designed clubhouse’s property and demolished the entire block to make way for a movie complex and shopping center. The Arts Club reused the Mies van der Rohe steel staircase (seen in the above photo) in their new building, which is their seventh location.

(Photographer: Harry Callahan)


Architect Barry Byrne standing in front of one of his own designs the year after it was built; J.B. Franke House in Fort Wayne, Indiana; ca. 1916.
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Architect Barry Byrne standing in front of one of his own designs the year after it was built; J.B. Franke House in Fort Wayne, Indiana; ca. 1916.

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Margaret Iannelli (right), an unidentified woman and Alfonso Iannelli, Jr. pose with a casting of The Sapling at the Iannelli Studio in Park Ridge, Illinois; ca. 1921.
The sculpture was part of a remodeling of the National Plumbing and Heating Company’s showroom, which was located on Chicago’s South Side.
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Margaret Iannelli (right), an unidentified woman and Alfonso Iannelli, Jr. pose with a casting of The Sapling at the Iannelli Studio in Park Ridge, Illinois; ca. 1921.

The sculpture was part of a remodeling of the National Plumbing and Heating Company’s showroom, which was located on Chicago’s South Side.

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During the 1908 primary election Isaac (Ike) N. Powell stands next to a long sheet of paper, which is the Republican primary ballot, and a smaller sheet of paper, which is the Democratic primary ballot.
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During the 1908 primary election Isaac (Ike) N. Powell stands next to a long sheet of paper, which is the Republican primary ballot, and a smaller sheet of paper, which is the Democratic primary ballot.

(Chicago Daily News)