Have you ever heard your parents or grandparents use a word or phrase you weren’t familiar with? It may have been slang they learned when they were younger. Below are a few words and phrases that were popular slang in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50s. Do you recognize any? Do you recall hearing any that …
I recently came across a photo of my great grandmother as I was cleaning out an old box. She was standing next to a flower bush wearing a white polka dot dress. I vaguely remember her…her voice, her laughter, her smile, her personality. I must have been about 10 when she passed away. Looking at …
Do you have an album or box of old family photographs? Are they labeled? Unfortunately, most were not as it was assumed families knew the person in the photo. All is not lost, though, as you may still be able to identify your ancestors by knowing what decade a photo is from – by learning how to date old photos.
Do you live in Chicago? Check out this 8mm home movie footage of 1930s Chicago and travel back in time. How things have changed. Do you remember Chicago in the 1930’s? Do you know someone who does? See what they remember.
Did you live in Chicago in the 1940s? See 1940s Chicago in a film made by the Chicago Board of Education. From Wrigley Field to the stockyards, from the steel mills to the beaches …..
For those of you who weren’t aware, October is Family History Month here. First approved by the United States Senate in 2001, Family History Month has helped to encourage genealogy to become the second-most popular hobby activity in America. However, it’s important to realize that there’s more to family’s story than just genealogy.
For those of you born in the last 40 years, it might be hard to conceive of a world without television. It has become such an integral part of our lives that it’s no surprise we have trouble, as 1500 channels beaming down from orbital satellites was nothing more than a dream of the future even at the start of the space age. But what did we do before TV was invented?