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Old 02-06-2017, 12:49 PM
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Admiral Chicago Plant Photos?

Hi everyone:

I hope this is the right place to post this message. I'm working on a book on the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, where the Admiral radio/TV factory (3800 W Cortland) was located for many years. However, I have come up short looking for photos of the plant, either inside or exterior shots. Does anyone have or know where we might find such photos? We want to be sure to include this important part of the neighborhood in this upcoming book.

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Old 02-06-2017, 04:36 PM
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See if there's a neighborhood historical society.
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You don't say what you have tried. How about the Chicago Historical Society?
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:45 AM
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You don't say what you have tried. How about the Chicago Historical Society?
Look up Google maps, "Street View". I remember seeing what the buildings looked like.
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Old 02-07-2017, 12:11 PM
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Hi everyone:

I hope this is the right place to post this message. I'm working on a book on the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, where the Admiral radio/TV factory (3800 W Cortland) was located for many years. However, I have come up short looking for photos of the plant, either inside or exterior shots. Does anyone have or know where we might find such photos? We want to be sure to include this important part of the neighborhood in this upcoming book.

Thanks!

-Jacob Kaplan
Jacob,

Just came across this paragraph on the site "Made in Chicago" The primary Chicago plant for Admiral Corp. was located at 3800 West Cortland Street for roughly 30 years—one of the many factories located off the old Bloomingdale train line (including Schwinn Bicycles, Ludwig Drum Co., and Playskool). The factory was leveled in the 2000s and the Marine Leadership Academy at Ames 1920 Hamlin @ Cortland stands in its place. Here is a photo of The Marine Leadership Academy at Ames. An exhaustive on line search found no photos of the Cortland St. plant. Wish you well.


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Old 02-07-2017, 07:57 PM
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Hi all:

Thanks for the responses! Yes, I've tried the Chicago History Museum and many other local resources and have still come up empty handed. Still searching...

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It makes me sick to see that they would build a damn football field on top of where my roundie was made...
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:12 PM
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Continental Radio and Television was Admiral's original name.....search on that and see if you can find anything. Kinda oblique, but:

http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...-Page-0080.pdf
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:34 AM
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Good call - thanks!
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:23 AM
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Continental Radio and Television was Admiral's original name.....search on that and see if you can find anything. Kinda oblique, but:

http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...-Page-0080.pdf
As soon as Admiral Corp was sold to Rockwell International, all bets were off.
Living in Milwaukee, I saw what Rockwell did to Allen-Bradley. They had 7,000 employees, working 3 shifts. Now they have under 200. All their manufacturing was moved to China, Mexico and one European country.
I don't think they'll mess with Collins Radio, as most of their production is Government contracts.
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That great Continental Radio/Admiral ad was from Radio Retailing Magazine March, 1943.
I took the liberty of isolating the factory photo. Also, I wonder if the Continental Radio/Admiral archives were just tossed or went to a university or other place?

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Old 02-09-2017, 11:35 AM
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That's what I've been trying to figure out. So far I'm guessing they were tossed - I've reached out to the foundation of the founder (Siragusa), the company currently using the Admiral name and others and nobody seems to know what happened to them. I'll keep searching though!

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That great Continental Radio/Admiral ad was from Radio Retailing Magazine March, 1943.
I took the liberty of isolating the factory photo. Also, I wonder if the Continental Radio/Admiral archives were just tossed or went to a university or other place?

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Old 02-09-2017, 12:42 PM
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Same thing with the Portsmouth GE plant. I've never seen a photo - just a line drawing on some projection TV promo literature...

I ain't lookin - just commenting.
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That's what I've been trying to figure out. So far I'm guessing they were tossed - I've reached out to the foundation of the founder (Siragusa), the company currently using the Admiral name and others and nobody seems to know what happened to them. I'll keep searching though!
JacobK,
I grew up in Chicago, and I can remember they used to fly a Blimp/ airship over the city for mapping purposes. There maybe aerial photos in existence, they would have been taken in the 70's or early 80's. One of my relatives worked at the plant on Courtland in the 40's thru the 60's. Sorry I don't have any pictures.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:42 PM
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This website offers historic aerial photographs of Chicago going back to 1938. Of course, you are limited to the details of buildings that are visible from above.

http://www.historicaerials.com/


The best place to find historic photos would be from company documents, such as newsletters, annual reports, etc. Unfortunately, these items are hard to find today, as no one really saw the value in saving them.

Doug Harland (drh4683) has collected some "ephemera" from Chicago electronics manufacturers from the estate sales of former employees, he may have some Admiral paperwork that would be helpful.
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