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Pullman Town Construction Photographs Collection

A work made of black and white photographic prints..

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Pullman Company

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On land near Lake Michigan and far to the south of Chicago’s business Loop, George Pullman built one of America’s first model company towns. Over 1300 houses, factories, and institutional buildings were designed to accommodate the employees of Pullman’s Palace Car Co. manufacturing plant. The collection consists of rare construction photographs of the first phase of Pullman’s development.

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Pullman Town Construction Photographs Collection


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Made 1880–1881


Black and white photographic prints.


1 oversize portfolio: H.: 7.7 cm (3 in.)

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Purchase of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives (contributions from Frank and Ingrid Beberdick; Jeremy and Frances Beman; Andrew and Martha Brislen; the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; and Charles and Barbara Gregersen), 1990.

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