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11463. Wachholz, Ted, The Eastland Disaster Historical Society, The Chicago Historical Society. The Eastland Disaster. Arcadia. 2005. 128p. Soft wraps. 180 vintage photographs. More than 7,000 people living in the Chicago area and Michigan City, Indiana, eagerly anticipated Saturday morning, July 24, 1915. The fifth annual midsummer excursion and picnic had been organized by the employees of the Western Electric Company’s Hawthorne Works. Thousands of carefree merrymakers would enjoy a festive day including a lovely cruise across Lake Michigan to an awaiting parade and day-long picnic. For thousands of hard-working immigrant laborers and their families and friends, it was going to be a day to remember. Instead, the day’s scheduled event turned into a tragedy unlike any other. The SS Eastland, while still tied to the wharf, rolled into the Chicago River with more than 2,500 passengers on board. Nearly 850 people lost their lives, including 22 entire families. The ensuing struggle for survival, and the resulting death, heroism, cowardice, greed, and scandal gripped the city of Chicago. Thoroughly interesting and important account. (M). $21.99.

1585. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Station, Evanston, Illinois c.1910. Wonderful early view of the one-of-a-kind station designed by J.L. Parkinson in 1876-77 with the crew posing with their beach apparatus on the ramp. The U.S. Life Saving Station was located at Evanston , 12 miles north of Chicago , on Lake Michigan shore, on the Northwestern University Campus, and the crew, (excepting the Captain), was composed of students of the Northwestern University . The crew saved over 264 lives since their unit was established. Photo is overall quite clear and sharp and measure 3 ˝” x 5 ˝” on postcard paper. Great detail. (VG+). $74.

 

1404. (photo) Old Chicago Coast Guard Station #280 On Fire c. 1933. Clear close press photo shows great detail as crews fight the fire in the Old Chicago Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Chicago River. On Sunday, the 27th day of August 1933 at 7:30 p.m. Surfman Anton Drabik was on lookout duty at the Jackson Park Coast Guard Station. He reported that the Old Chicago Coast Guard Station was “On Fire!!!” The O.I.C. telephoned the station, however no one picked the phone. The crew launched their motor lifeboat right away and proceeded to the Old Chicago Coast Guard Station. They arrived there at 8:30 p.m. and assisted the Chicago firemen and the Chicago CG Station crew ferrying ladders, hoses and firemen across the Chicago River to the burning Coast Guard Station. T had started under the dock and suddenly burst forth to envelope one wall of the building. The interior and parts of the exterior of the Old Chicago Coast Guard Station were completely destroyed by the fire. The damage was so extensive the entire structure was torn down and rebuilt from the ground up. The only structure that survived the ragging inferno was the Boathouse. A new lifeboat station was completed in 1936. Measures 7” x 9”. Includes date and description on back. Dated August 27, 1933. (VG+). $56.

 

1344. (photo) Lighthouse Keeper Plowing Through Ice to the Station c.1936. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows good detail of the Lighthouse Service keeper plowing through ice in the small motor boat – probably enroute to Chicago Harbor Light. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated January 8, 1936. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $26.

 

  

6553q. United States Life-Saving Service. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1881. GPO. 1881. 428p. Typical govt. cloth binding. Includes extensive details of operations and of rescues throughout the year. Also details personnel, construction and repairs of stations and equipment, evaluation of new equipment and much more. Includes account of rescue by acclaimed light keeper Ida Lewis for which she was awarded the Gold Life-Saving Medal. Also includes 52 page report on Hunt’s Life-Saving Gun and projectile including test results, full page drawings, etc. Also similar reports on Spencer’s line guns, and report with drawings on Life-Saving Service faking boxes, sponge covers, and more. Quite detailed, becoming exceptionally difficult to find. Expected wear, contents clean and tight save overall light browning from age. (VG-). $85. Also available the following years: 1879, 1880, 1882, 1884, 1886, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1897, 1901, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1913 (CG) 1920, 1921. Please inquire for other years. 

2149. Karamanski, Theodore J. and Deane Tank Sr., MARITIME CHICAGO . 2000. 128p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. Provides a fine photographic history of maritime Chicago at the turn of the century including the lighthouses, lifesaving and Coast Guard stations. Heavy with shipping as expected, also includes Chicago ’s Navy, yachting shipwrecks and disasters and much more. This compact volume features over 200 early photographs dating from the 1870’s through the 1940’s, drawn mostly private collections, most never before published. and traces the history of these services through photos and text. (M). $21.99.

 

28452. Terras, Donald J. Lighthouses of Chicago Harbor – Their History, Architecture and Lore. Evanston. 2006. 96p. Soft wraps. Since 1831 Chicago’s harbor has been home to a succession of lighthouses to grant safe access to one of the great historical port cities of the country. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the structures, the keepers, and the role that they played in Chicago’s development. Wonderfully illustrated with numerous vintage images, many beautifully reproduced in full page views. One of the first that you will encounter as you thumb through the pages is a full page color image of an 1848 Pleasonton map of Great Lakes lighthouses – a spectacular map by this early overseer of lighthouse construction in the United States. Other rare views include many keeper photos, lamps and equipment and much more. Well worth the price for these images alone. (M). $19.95.

11235. (photo) Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, Illinois c.1965. Close 8” x 11” press photo shows Seaman Pat Besemer spending a lonely vigil on New Year’s Eve on the gallery of the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse. Rare close view of the lighthouse gallery. With credit line and description on back. Dated December 31, 1965. (VG) $28.

 

Light-House Service District Maps

10345. [Light-House Service District Maps]. U. S. Light-House Service. c. June 30, 1891. A rare opportunity to obtain an official U. S. Light-House Service District charts of all district aids to navigation as bound in their Annual Reports. Normally these charts are included within the Annual Reports and we are unable to offer them separately but we have found a lot of disbound charts in good condition. These are fine for matting and framing for your wall. Charts detail the entire Light-House District in three colors, and show all lighthouses, beacons, light vessels, fog signals, lighted buoys, Light-House Depots, and more. Charts average 8 ˝” x 10” in size and are overall clean, may have very light stain,  with only one light original fold, light age toning. A rare chance to obtain the chart of your District for framing. (VG).

FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the head of navigation on the St. Croix River , Maine to Hampton Harbor , New Hampshire . Includes all of Maine and New Hampshire .                                                    $44.

SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Hampton Harbor , New Hampshire to Elisha Ledge off Warren , Rhode Island . Includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard .                                           $44.

THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Elisha Ledge off Warren , Rhode Island to and including a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks.                                                                                  $44.

PART OF THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Champlain .                                        $18.

FOURTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks to and including Metomkin Inlet, Virginia. Includes New Jersey , Delaware , Maryland and Virginia .                           $44.

FIFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Metomkin Inlet , Virginia to and including New River Inlet , North Carolina .   $44.

SIXTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From New River Inlet , North Carolina to and including Jupiter Inlet Light-Station, Florida . Includes part of North Carolina , all of South Carolina , Georgia , and Florida between the limits named. $44.

SEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point south of Jupiter Inlet Light-Station to Perdido Entrance , Florida . Includes all of the sea and Gulf Coasts of Florida .                                                                                             $44.

EIGHTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Perdido Entrance , Florida to the Rio Grande, the southern boundary of Texas . Includes all of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi River .                                                                          $44.

NINTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Michigan, Green Bay and tributary waters.               $44.

TENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the St. Regis River , St. Lawrence River , New York to and including Grassy Island, Detroit River, Michigan. Includes the waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario , and the upper part of the St. Lawrence, the Niagara, and the lower part of the Detroit rivers.                                                                $44.

ELEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the Grassy Island Light Station, Detroit River , Michigan to the head of Lake Superior including the waters of Lakes St. Clair, Huron, and Superior and the upper part of the Detroit River , the St. Clair and St. Mary’s Rivers, and part of the Straits of Mackinac.                                                              $44.

TWELFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Mexico to the boundary between California and Oregon .                                                                                                                                      $44.

THIRTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Oregon to the northern boundary of the United States and includes Alaska . Includes all of Oregon and Washington , and Alaskan waters.              $44.

U. S. Light-House Service District Charts - Large Size

20178. [Light-House District Maps]. U. S. Light-House Service. c. 1900-1908. A rare opportunity to obtain an official U. S. Light-House Service District charts of all district aids to navigation as bound in their Annual Reports. Normally these charts are included within the Annual Reports and we are unable to offer them separately but we have found a lot of disbound charts in wonderful condition. These are perfect for matting and framing for your wall. Charts detail the entire Light-House District in three colors, and show all lighthouses, beacons, light vessels, fog signals, lighted buoys, Light-House Depots, and more. Charts average about 16" x 20" in size and are clean and crisp, with only light original folds. A rare chance to obtain the chart of your District, ideal for framing. (VG+).

UNITED STATES. Outline Map shows all of the United States Light-House Districts with the more important lights noted. Includes all of continental United States and Alaska. $88.

FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the head of navigation on the St. Croix River, Maine to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes all of Maine and New Hampshire. $88.

SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire to Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island. Includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. $88.

THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island to and including a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks. $88.

PART OF THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Champlain. $44.

FOURTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks to and including Metomkin Inlet, Virginia. Includes New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. $88.

FIFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Metomkin Inlet, Virginia to and including New River Inlet, North Carolina. $88.

SIXTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From New River Inlet, North Carolina to and including Jupiter Inlet Light-Station, Florida. Includes part of North Carolina, all of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida between the limits named. $88.

SEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point south of Jupiter Inlet Light-Station to Perdido Entrance, Florida. Includes all of the sea and Gulf Coasts of Florida. $88.

EIGHTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Perdido Entrance, Florida to the southern boundary of Texas. Includes all of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi River. $88.

NINTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Michigan, Green Bay and tributary waters. $88.

TENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the St. Regis River, St. Lawrence River, New York to the mouth of the River Rouge, Detroit River, Michigan. Includes the waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario, and the upper part of the St. Lawrence, the Niagara, and the lower part of the Detroit rivers. $78.

ELEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the River Rouge, Detroit River, Michigan to the westerly end of Lake Superior including the waters of Lake St, Clair, Huron, and Superior and the upper part of the Detroit River, the St. Clair and St. Mary’s Rivers, and part of the Straits of Mackinac. $78.

TWELFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Mexico to the boundary between California and Oregon. $88.

THIRTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Oregon to the northern boundary of the United States and includes Alaska. Includes all of Oregon and Washington, and Alaskan waters. $88.

FOURTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., on the Tennessee River 255 miles, and on the Great Kanawha 73 miles. $54.

FIFTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Mississippi River from the head of navigation to Cairo, Ill., and on the Missouri River to Kansas City, Mo., and on the Illinois River from LaSalle to its mouth. $54.

SIXTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Mississippi River from the head of navigation to Cairo, Ill., to New Orleans, La., and on the Red River. $54.

LIGHT-HOUSE CHART. Includes West Indies between the Mona and Virgin Passages comprising Puerto Rico and dependencies, and all of the Hawaiian Islands. $38.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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