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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Chicago Historians out there? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 4/22/12 6:41 AM

Since our Members know Everything about Everything, thought I'd ask:

H. just acquired an antique doll buggy restoration project at auction. Label is from the Shoreland Juvenile Furniture Store on 71st Street.
Searching online reveals famous Shoreland Hotel, later a UChicago dorm, now being converted to fancy condos. Further research reveals over 100 furniture factories in the city from the 20's near meat packing district. (I love the book The Jungle of that time.)

E-Bay shows mainly wicker buggies. This is wood, metal, canvas top. Trying to find possible age of our find, just to know it's older than Moi...

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Date: 4/22/12 3:03 PM

Is that near Greek Town? I can ask my inlaws they grew up there in Greek Town area of Chicago.

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Date: 4/22/12 3:38 PM

Don't know specific Chicago downtown neighborhoods, we lived in Oak Park briefly in the 70's. But history of the area also mentions Hyde Park. The Shoreland is still there (photos Googled online)) and was THE place of its time--Al Capone, Amelia Earhart etc. stayed there. It was built by Harry Fawcett. I suspect many businesses may just have taken on the Shoreland name.
If they remember 71st street would have to be 80's+!

Thanks! I am originally from NW Wis., so grew up appreciating farm antiques and such.

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Date: 4/22/12 5:48 PM

I used to collect a lot of antique and slightly newer than that dolls, so did spend all the time and research involved in that kind of stuff, but I actually only saw those or paid not much of all attention to those buggy's and only saw them more as props for such and not really a whole lot of information or interest it seemed or even research kind of articles on the actual doll buggy's instead.

But I would for sure, start with looking at all the toys and toy sections where they just sold the dolls, in all the old Sears and Wards and maybe other big department store catalogs of what ever time period you think it might be. You might even see it in there, exactly, as they all probably bought from some of the same places. Even if it would just be a hand drawn illustration.

It really has to be 100 years or older though, to even be considered an antique at all, so my guess Moi is probably not quite that old yet maybe:)

Also, I would guess it was really made by some other company, and that Shoreland Juvenile Furniture store, might have been just more the end vendor or a distributor off it, unless they really made all their own furniture and welded metal things and such, and just more stuck their own store labeling onto some things, after they got it, even too possibly.

If it was made for some more Porcelain kind of doll, imported from maybe Germany or France back whenever, maybe it was really imported from one of those places to go along with one too- so check that out also.

Also, go into researching all the real baby buggies of about the same look and time, as possibly some companies/places that made those, also just made smaller, less expensive ones for kids and dolls too.

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Date: 4/23/12 8:15 AM

Yes they are in their 80s. I will have DH ask them this weekend as he will see them. ........... as a matter of fact their is wedding of DH family member this weekend in Chicago he is going to with his folks. Doesn't hurt to ask. His 2 remaining Aunts still live in Chicago maybe they would know .

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Date: 5/7/12 4:01 PM

The address label is 2105 E 71st Street and the retailer/manufacturer was Shoreland Furniture. Does that help anyone identify the area?
Of course, there was that Chicago fire too.....!
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Date: 5/7/12 4:13 PM

I just copied & pasted the address to the in laws. That should help quite a bit. .... I will post what I find out. ..... I wish I could remember for sure but I think one of DH Aunts live on 76th in Chicago. My MIL will know .....
Thank you for more info!
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Date: 5/7/12 5:56 PM

Oh nuts... MIL says she does not recognize the name of that store. ... I will try writing a note & send it to DH Aunt she might know.... snail mail though .. she does not have a computer..... sorry...

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Date: 5/8/12 6:39 AM

Thanks for your detective work!
Researching history is kind of fun, with the Internet I have even found
photos of my early 1900's grandparents gravestones in a small-town
cemetery.

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