LARGE COLLECTION OF POSTCARDS ABOUT CHICAGO. MUCH OF THE BUILT-ENVIRONMENT OF THE EARLIER POSTCARDS SURVIVED INTO THE 1950-60s, THE PERIOD OF MY GREATEST INTEREST. INCLUDED ALSO ARE MENUS, MATCHBOOKS, AND OTHER ITEMS REFLECTING CITY LIFE IN THE 1950s AND 1960s. IT IS HOPED THESE PRESERVE SOMETHING OF THE SENSE OF WHAT A SPECIAL PLACE THE CHICAGO OF THAT TIME WAS IN WHICH TO GROW UP. NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF MATERIAL IS WELCOME. PLEASE CREDIT THE SITE.
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John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. John regards it as a badge of honor to have left the United States as a poor young man from the South Side of Chicago when the country embarked on the pointless murder of something like 3 million Vietnamese in their own land because they happened to embrace the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling "the peaceable kingdom." John's columns appear regularly on Counterpunch, Media Monitors, Politics Canada, Baltimore Chronicle, Online Journal, Scoop (New Zealand), Asian Tribune, Aljazeerah.info, Smirking Chimp, Dissident Voice, and many other Internet sites. He has been translated into at least ten languages and is regularly translated into Italian and Spanish. Several of his essays have been published in book collections, including two college texts. His first book has just been published, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, published by Constable and Robinson, London.