Downtown District, Rockford, Illinois

Title

Downtown District, Rockford, Illinois

Description

A collection of postcards depicting the downtown section of Rockford, Illinois west of the Rock River. The majority of scenes cover the era of 1905 - 1915.

Date

1905-1990

Collection Items

Court House and West State Street, Rockford, Ill.
View looking down on West State Street with the Rock River in the distance and the Court House to the right.

West State Street, Rockford, Ill.
View of West State Street across the State Street Bridge crossing the Rock River. The Register-Gazette Building is on the right.

"Symbol" on the downtown mall.
The orange "Symbol" sculpture on the downtown pedestrian mall. On back: "Downtown Mall Rockford, Illinois. This Sculpture, 'Symbol,' is the work of Alexander Liberman, internationally known artist, and is the project of the Rockford Council for the…

Rockford
Depicts East Side (lower portion) and West Side (upper portion) divided by the Rock River, crossed by three bridges in this scene. Faust Hotel is wedge-shaped brick building lower right and the Metro Center is red building with white roof upper left.…

Illinois Boat and Dock at night, Rockford, Ill.
A crescent moon shines on a boat in the Rock River while people watch from shore. There is a cannon on the right.

Ralph Emerson Residence at night, Rockford, Ill.
Huge, beautiful home to the right with trees and landscaped grounds in front.

Arch Bridge, Fair Grounds Park at night, Rockford, Ill.
The stone bridge is to the left and Fair Grounds Park spreads out to the right.

Tinker Cottage and Ill. Central R.R. Station at night, Rockford, Ill.
Tinker Swiss Cottage on the right with the Illinois Central Railway Station in the distance at left.

Lagoon, Swiss Cottage at Night, Rockford, Ill.
Tinker Swiss Cottage with its lighted windows and its lagoon below.

Black Hawk Park by Moonlight, Rockford, Ill.
Depicts the fields, trees, and the moon shining down on the Rock River.

South Main Street, looking North at Night, Rockford, Ill.
View looking up the street's trolley tracks with lighted buildings on both sides, pedestrians, buggies, and bicyclists.

Factory District at Night, Rockford, Ill.
Image of lighted buildings at night with a moon casting its glow on the Rock River.

Public Library at Night, Rockford, Ill.
Library building with its dome and US flag on the roof with lighted windows and streetlamps.

Rockford Gas Light & Coke Co., 1907, Rockford, Ill.
Color depiction of this light-stoned corner building. This card is postmarked April 27, 1911.

Mandarin Garden - 121 North Wyman - Rockford, Illinois
Depicts dining tables "inside of main entrance and staircase to private banquet room." Also on front: "Air Conditioned for your comfort." On back: "Connoisseurs of good food. Come to Mandarin Garden where Rockford's Choicest Chinese and American…

Scene north-west from Tower of City Hall, Rockford, Ill.
Color graphic rendering of aerial view of the city's building tops showing many areas of trees that gave the region its moniker of the "Forest City."

Bird's Eye View looking South [B&W]
Black and White depiction of Rockford's downtown areas with the Rock River in the middle. This card is postmarked January 9, 1905.

Bird's-Eye View of Rockford, Ill.
Aerial color view of buildings on both East and West sides of the Rock River.

Birds Eye View looking South
Black and White depiction of buildings with the Rock River in the center. This card is postmarked November 27, 1907

3701.  Bird's-Eye View of Rockford, Ill.
View of building tops with the Rock River in the middle distance and the other side of the river at the top. This card seems to be postmarked either June or July of 1916.

View from Girder Bridge, Rockford, Ill.
Looking across the Rock River at Rockford Wholesale Grocery Company, E. S. Gregory, Uneeda Biscuit, and Red Line Transfer-Storage. A boat is at the bank in front of this row of buildings.

Rockford in 1855
Color drawing of rustic buildings and horses and wagons on a dirt street. This card is postmarked from Eagle River WI on March 5, 1968.

Scenic View West Side, Rockford, Ill.
Colorful depiction of West Side buildings across the Rock River with tree tops in view lower left.

North from Court House, Rockford, Ill.
Several churches and their towers and spires rise amid the city's buildings in this view. This card is postmarked from Barrington IL on July 13, 1907.

Untitled [industrial area]
Black and White photo of manufacturing buildings on both sides of the Rock River boasting several large smokestacks and railroad tracks far right. What looks to be Ward Pump Company is in the middle foreground.

West Side Manufacturing District, Rockford, Ill.
Black and White depiction of buildings across the Rock River, with two large smokestacks in view and a bridge far left. This card is postmarked July 13, 1916.

Aeroplane View of Rockford, Ill.
Aerial view of Rockford's buildings on both sides of the Rock River. Two of the city's bridges are in the scene.

Bird's-eye View looking towards Chestnut St. Bridge at night, Rockford, Ill.
A graphic rendering with a moon peeking through clouds to illuminate the city's buildings on both sides of the Rock River.

Downtown Section, Rockford, Ill. - 44
A view looking North showing the Downtown district on the left, with three bridges spanning the Rock River. On back: "Rockford is the seat of Winnebago County. It is the second largest producer of machine tools in the nation. Founded in 1834,…

Downtown Section, Rockford, Ill. - 44
A view looking North showing the Downtown district on the left, with three bridges spanning the Rock River.

Air View, Rockford, Illinois
A view depicting four motor bridges and one railroad bridge (very bottom) across the Rock River.

Aerial view of business section and Rock River bridges
This view is as seen from the Amerock Building. The Lorden Storage building is in the lower, mid-right foreground and the News Tower is across the Rock River to the right in the middle distance.

Bird's Eye View, looking North, Rockford, Ill.
With the Rock River beyond the buildings and horse and buggies in the street.

"Transfer Corner," Rockford, Ill.
Looking up the street, with pedestrians on both sides and a trolley in the street. Dunn Drug Co. is on the left and Elisha L. Thayer and Brother, Wortham's, Deming's, and C.F. Henry's are on the right.

3682.  The Armory, Rockford, Ill.
The Majestic Theatre is pictured with the Knight Building to the left with an overhanging "Cleaners and Dyers" sign. Several women are seen walking on the sidewalk. There is an indiscernible postmark.

Looking West on State Street, Rockford, Ill.
Buildings on the right from near to far are Worsham's, Deming's, Kepner's Shoes - with a US flag on its roof, Ashton's, and Armstrong Clothes.

West Side Skyline
View across Rock River from the News Tower showing the C.T.U. Building on the West side bank, a boat in the river, and cars on the State Street bridge.
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