The people of Des Plaines shopping, selling goods, working and playing on Miner Street and Ellinwood Street. There are also many photographs of passengers embarking and disembarking the commuter train in the busy railroad station in downtown Des Plaines. The collection consists of photographs made from glass plate negatives. The photographer, who remains unknown, captures a feeling of spontaneity. Very few of the photographs appear to have been formally posed. There is a casual quality to the photographs, similar in feeling to modern snapshots.
Five young men on Ellinwood Street, Des Plaines, Illinois, circa 1915