The Photos Of Charles W. Cushman: Around Town

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on Jul 28, 2010 5:00PM

About once a year, photos from the gargantuan collection left behind by amateur photographer and Indiana University grad Charles W. Cushman, painstakingly arranged and maintained by Indiana University, crop up on one website or another. The photos, spanning 1938 to 1969 (he passed away in 1972), are a treasure trove spanning the entire country (and others) but have a particularly nice collection of photos from that period taken here in Chicago where Charles lived at several points of his life. Our pals at Gapers Block had a fantastic series where they recreated some of Cushman's shots. And Vocalo's Lee Bey took a look at the architectural aspects of Cushman's collections earlier this spring. There's also his NYC shots which have been featured on the Mothership Gothamist. So, now that we're in the dog days of summer, we thought we'd visit the archives and take a few spins through some of his photos over the next few days.

We start with a look at summer cityscapes circa the the 1940s, 50's, and 60's.