Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"I WILL" Chicago Postcard Information

The Chicago Postcard Museum dedicated the Lobby of the “I WILL” Galleries today to Gregg P. Durham of Puyallup, WA., who has contributed to the growth of the Chicago Postcard Museum.

The Chicago Postcard Museum is extremely fortunate to have a generous benefactor and fellow “I WILL” Chicago postcard collector, Gregg Durham, donating many needed “I WILL” postcards to the Museum. In addition to the postcards that Mr. Durham has donated, he sent the Museum a compiled list of “I WILL” postcards and “I WILL” postcard oddities (presented below).


Postcards in (parenthesis) do not have the “I WILL” Crest on the face of the postcard. Postcards in red are still needed for the Museum's collection.

101C -- Coliseum Building, Chicago.

102C -- Federal Building, Chicago.

103C -- Wilson Beach, Chicago.

104C -- Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.

105C -- Washington St., east from Dearborn St., Chicago.

106C -- Madison east from Dearborn St., Chicago.

107C -- Orchestra Hall, Chicago.

108C -- ? --------------------------

109C -- ? --------------------------

110C -- Bathers, Douglas Park, Chicago.

111C -- Boat House, Lincoln Park, Chicago.

112C -- Majestic Theater Bldg., Chicago.

113C -- Coliseum at Night, Chicago.

114C -- (Responding to an Alarm.)

115C -- (On the way to a Fire.)

116C -- University Club, Chicago.

117C -- (Illinois Theater, Chicago.)

118C -- Garfield Park, Chicago.

119C -- (Twentieth Century Limited Leaving Chicago)

120C -- (Fire Department in Action.)

121C -- (Police Patrol Automobile.)

122C -- Tulip Beds, Washington Park, Chicago.

123C -- Monroe Street east from La Salle St., Chicago.

124C -- New North-Western R.R. Depot, Chicago.

125C -- Elevated Loop, Wabash Ave., Chicago.

126C -- Chicago Avenue Pumping Station, Chicago.

127C -- Siegel Cooper & Co.’s Store, Chicago.

128C -- Chicago Beach Hotel, Chicago.

129C -- Board of Trade Bldg., Chicago.

130C -- Fort Dearborn Monument, Chicago.

131C -- Whaleback “Columbus,” Chicago.

132C -- Stock Yards, Chicago.

133C -- Entrance to Stock Yards, Chicago.

134C -- Michigan Ave., Opposite Grant Park, Chicago

135C -- Madison Street Bridge, Chicago.

136C -- S. Water Street West from State, Chicago.

137C -- State St., North from Jackson Boulevard, Chicago.

138C -- Dearborn Street, North from Van Buren, Chicago.

139C -- State Street Looking North from Adams, Chicago.

140C -- Northwestern Depot from Wells Street Bridge, Chicago.

141C -- Public Library, Chicago.

142C -- Chicago Athletic Club.

143C -- Chicago Automobile Club, Chicago.

144C -- Illinois Athletic Club, Chicago.

145C -- Schiller Building and Garrick Theater, Chicago.

146C -- Colonial Theatre, Chicago.

147C -- Art Institute, Chicago.

148C -- Railway Exchange, Chicago.

149C -- Newberry Library, Chicago.

150C -- Cook County Building, Chicago.

151C -- Unity Building Chicago

152C -- Medinah Temple Chicago.

153C -- Ashland Block, Chicago.

154C -- Tribune Building, Chicago.

155C -- The Rookery, Chicago.

156C -- Masonic Temple, Chicago.

157C -- Republic Building, Chicago.

158C -- County Hospital, Chicago.

159C -- Commercial National Bank Building, Chicago.

160C -- Union Depot, Chicago.

161C -- Reliance Building, Chicago.

162C -- Illinois Trust & Savings Bank, Chicago.

163C -- Auditorium Building, Chicago.

164C -- Great Northern Hotel, Chicago.

165C -- La Salle Hotel, Chicago.

166C -- White City Amusement Park, Chicago.

167C -- Garfield Park, Chicago.

168C -- Humboldt Park, Chicago. – small letters

169C -- Washington Park, Chicago.

170C -- Washington Park, Chicago. – small letters

171C -- The Elephant, Lincoln Park, Chicago.

172C -- Lincoln Park, Chicago – small letters

173C -- Lincoln Park Chicago – small letters

174C -- Lover’s Lane, Lincoln Park, Chicago.

175C -- (Field’s Columbian Museum, Jackson Park, Chicago.)

176C -- German Building, Jackson Park, Chicago.

177C -- Beach at Jackson Park, Chicago.

178C -- Santa Maria of the Columbus Caravel, Jackson Park, Chicago.

179C -- Merchants Loan & Trust Building, Chicago.

180C -- Hull House, Chicago.

181C -- New York Life Building, Chicago.

182C -- Y.M.C.A. Building, Chicago.

183C -- Princess Theatre, Chicago.

184C -- Fine Arts Building, Chicago.

185C -- The Northern Trust Co. Bank, Chicago.

186C -- Home Insurance Bldg., Chicago.

187C -- First National Bank Bldg., Chicago.

188C -- (Washington Park, Chicago.)

189C -- (La Rabida Sanitarium, Jackson Park, Chicago.)

190C -- (Shelter House, Jackson Park, Chicago.)

191C -- (Lily Pond-Lincoln Park) – small letters

192C -- (Blackstone Hotel, Chicago.)

193C -- (Garfield Park, Chicago.)

194C -- (The Rustic Bridge, Washington Park, Chicago.)

195C -- (Lincoln Park, Chicago.)

196C -- (North Pond, Lincoln Park, Chicago.)

197C -- (Lincoln Park Conservatory) – small letters

198C -- (The new concrete building of Montgomery Ward & Co., Chicago) The largest of its kind in America.

198C -- (Montgomery Ward & Co., Chicago) Largest Mercantile Building in the World. 900 feet long, 270 feet wide, 9 stories high. Floor space, two million feet or 50 acres.

199C -- (Sears, Roebuck & Co., Chicago, Mail Order House) The largest Mercantile Institution in the world. The buildings have one-half mile of frontage.

200C -- (The Boston Store, Chicago.)

All Acmegraph postcards in this series have this symbol on the back.

Identical cards known to have no stock #s: 117C, 130C, 135C, 136C, 137C, 139C, 143C, 148C, 152C, 153C, 156C, 161C, 162C, 163C, 168C, 174C, 176C, 198C.

Cards known to have “The Acmegraph Company of Chicago” inscription back left edge : 118C, 122C, 123C, 128C.

Cards known to have red ink on the back: 102C, 113C, 134C, 136C, 158C, 166C, 193C.

Cards known with UNCO (United News Co) of New York red stamp on the back with the Acmegraph symbol: 102C, 130C, 131C, 137C, 138C, 151C, 153C, 178C, 183C, 186C, 200C.

Cards known without a “C” after the stock #: 178C

State Street Looking North from Adams (139C above) also exists as 137C.

198C also exists as 198C-1.

No stock #s:

*The Beautiful Marine Causeway at Riverview, Chicago, ILL., U.S.A., Showing the Immense Arena of “The Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac.” A Great Marine Spectacle Costing $240,000. Copyright 1908 by E.W. McConnell.

*The Immense Arena of “The Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac.” A Great Marine Battle Spectacle Costing $240,000. Located on the Pay Streak, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, Wash., U.S.A. Copyright 1909 by E.W. McConnell Riverview Park, Chicago.

*Principal Scene in the Great Naval Battle Spectacle “The Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac.” A Thrilling Reproduction of the Fight Between the First Ironclads Ever Built. Now Exhibited at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. Copyright 1909 by E.W.McConnell, Riverview Park, Chicago. Back: Regensteiner Colortype Co. Chicago.

*Postcard “Souvenir Folder.” Indianhead logo. “Greetings from Chicago” 22 postcards total. At least one other Souvenir Folder is thought to exist.