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Title: Rand McNally, & Co.’s Bird’s-Eye Views and Guide to Chicago
Chicago’s Rand McNally, & Co. published a wonderful guide book for tourists that was the predecessor to the popular Frommer’s and Follett’s guides of today. With elegantly drawn illustrations of the entire Loop area as well as detailed descriptions of attractions, hotels and restaurants, this was an indispensable book.
Chicagology has taken a few of these illustrations and matched each with an aerial shot of current Chicago using Apple Maps’ flyover rendering. In most cases, the differences are striking, while a few others, very similar.
The Chicago Tribune did a similar concept for Lake Shore Drive in 1889 vs 1939.