Transit Tuesday: Chicago El, 1967

I couldn’t identify the photographer for this image of Chicago’s El from 1967 (please let me know if you can), a tangle of cars and trains and neon.

I like the old feel of the system, the earth shattering rattle of trains on the elevated, the worn wood platforms with their antiquated station buildings, the vistas of tracks merging and diverging at distant points before arriving for you.

It makes me miss New York’s Els, torn down in the interest of real estate, another loss of public service built with public funds in the interest of someone’s charmless new condo… or some totally fabulous one, like these at oceanfronthhi.com/neighborhoods/sea-pines-real-estate.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.