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A 1937 Documentary About How The Chicago Tribune Was Made

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Jan 5, 2012 9:20PM


Did you know that in order to print the Chicago Tribune, the company bought huge tracts of land and created entire communities in Canada? This 1937 educational video called "Trees to Tribunes" demonstrates the complicated process of creating the "World's Greatest Newspaper," back when dead trees ruled the landscape, both in the logging lands of Canada and in Chicago's cultural landscape.

The video features the music and voiceover of those typical old-timey instructional videos. It's about 20 minutes long, and it's worth watching the whole thing. One of our favorite parts (around the 13:00 mark) was the demonstration of how far the logs travel to get from the St. Lawrence Seaway, through the Great Lakes and down to the tip of Lake Michigan.

[Found via Reddit/r/Chicago]