City - Chicago, IL - The original Tony's Tavern 1941 - Side by Side
Photograph - Colorized Photo
Colorized Photo from 1941 Original title: Tavern on Southside of Chicago Photographer: Russell Lee Location: 31st and Federal St, Chicago, IL
This location was shot from a number of angles, I believe there is either a bar directly behind the photographer, or he's standing on it. The walls were lined with the seven dwarfs for some reason.
The room was full of smoke and haze, the flash really lit up. Though I think it also acted as a reflector as its pretty well lit in there. Their eyes were dazzled by the flash, as many don't look that happy to see another angle. And their eyes are quite dilated, so that must have hurt.
I can't tell if its raining, or if the flash lit up dirt on the window. To me it looks like a bit of both, and it makes for better ambiance.
A quick bit of info about the place, it was opened in 1900, by Tony Finkelstein, he hosted many now famous musicians: Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Estelle and Jimmy Yancey. There were lesser known local bands as well. They served a few specialties such as gumbo, fried shrimp and hot dogs.
As far as I can tell, this place doesn't exist at all. Its a vacant lot now. Not sure when it went out of business. I do wonder if there were fire codes back then, there doesn't seem to be any marked exits and it doesn't look like you could even stand to get out if you wanted too.
January 30th, 2023
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