The original 1947 Chicago Transit Authority logo. The Illinois Railway Museum. Union Illinois., a photo by Eddie from Chicago on Flickr.
The Eisenhower Public Library located at 4613 North Oketo Avenue in Harwood Heights Illinois, welcomes local Chicago historian, photographer and internet site host Edward Kwiatkowski to the library's upstairs meeting room on Saturday, March 16th from 1:00 until 3:00 PM.
Eddie will be hosting a multi media musical photo slideshow, video and lecture presentation, about the early years of the Chicago Transit Authority.
From their begining on October 1st, 1947, the CTA inherited a very "Hodge Pidge/ Mixed Bag" of public transportation vehicles on their roster ranging from rapid transit cars that dated back to the 1920's and earlier, electric streetcars, old gasoline powered transit buses and electric trolleybuses.
Replacement equipment such as new trolleybuses, propane and diesel buses, as well as lightweight rapid transit cars recycled from scrapped streamlined streetcars, would soon bring the CTA in to the modern era.
Relive this unique postwar era of commuting by public transportation in Chicago the way it was, through vintage photographs, silent vintage movies on video from the 1950's and 60's era, plus many happy memories to share and stories to tell.
Admission is free!