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How a road disappears - Huguelet Place

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Business listed on matchbook: The Barclay Ltd
Business now on Google Maps at that location: Now Parking Garage
Slogan on matchbook: Superior 7-7281
Size of matchbook: approximately 1.5 wide x 2 tall x ¼ thick inch (when closed)
Overall condition of matchbook: Primarily yellowing from age, but no hard wear beyond a couple of bumps. From the phone number, I assume this matchbook is more than fifty years old, but it looks newer from lack of wear. No matches have been removed and striker is unused.
Date sketch was completed: 5/14/2012
Location of business: 906 Huguelet Place, Chicago, IL
Edition number: 1/2

Your item will be shipped within 1-3 business days in a bubble mailer and inside a small gift box (an example of the box with another matchbook is shown in the last photograph). I will also include a small, clear ziploc style bag (approximately 3 by 5.5 inches), a small alligator clip, and a small nail for some hanging possibilities (examples also shown in the last photograph).

Matchbook Landscape: This matchbook represents an interesting story, of a road that has disappeared in the city of Chicago. Huguelet Place used to be a small road in downtown Chicago, but the road was filled in for a parking garage at the Four Seasons (a new approximate address is slightly to the left of 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL for this location).

Here are a couple interesting articles about how a road becomes a building:

http://forgottenchicago.com/articles/312-72/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1988-09-18/features/8801310825_1_water-tower-place-wrigley-building-skyscrapers/3

For each matchbook I find where the location of the business would be in Google Maps and on the inside cover of the matchbook I make a pencil sketch of whatever is now shown at this location. On average each drawing takes about two hours to complete. Sometimes the places advertised on the matchbooks are still in business even after decades have passed, some businesses have changed names and are under new ownership, and some buildings are empty or have been torn down and replaced by new buildings or parking lots or highway expansion programs and even empty fields. The age of the matchbooks I use vary, but all are a unique view into the previous business and the dreams of its owner and how these places and by extension all places and our histories change over time. Even the story of matchbooks has evolved and what was once a common item to give out to promote a business has now become a vintage item, rarer to find except in antique stores and our own junk drawers.

All content © 2011-2012 Krista Charles

How a road disappears - Huguelet Place

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: matchbook, match book, pencil, matches
  • Feedback: 36 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from New Mexico, United States.
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