What is an urban dig?
This site is a collection of personal objects, gathered for exhibition on line. I’m hoping that this act of posting, and individual storytelling, makes these objects much more than just products of mass production. By browsing the archive, you can view this collection by both date and category. Enjoy. And feel free to tell me what you think.
This collection comprises over 55,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News, then one of Chicago’s leading newspapers. The photographs illustrate the enormous variety of topics and events covered in the newspaper, although only about twenty percent of the images in the collection were published in the newspaper. Most of the photographs were taken in Chicago, Illinois, or in nearby towns, parks, or athletic fields. In addition to many Chicagoans, the images include politicians, actors, and other prominent people who stopped in Chicago during their travels and individual athletes and sports teams who came to Chicago. Also included are photographs illustrating the operations of the Chicago Daily News itself and pictures taken on occasional out-of-town trips by the Daily News’s photographers to important events, such as the inauguration of presidents in Washington, D.C.
I tried this three times and I kept killing the damn sea monkeys.