My last post featured two pictures of State Street at Randolph, 61 years apart. The street lights in both photos look the same. But they’re not.
Around 1960 Mayor Daley #1 decided to replace the old lights with something more Space Age. The replacement lights are shown in the photo below, which I used on the cover of my last book, On This Day in Chicago History.
The new lights certainly made State Street brighter. Yet I always thought of them as more Jurassic Age than Space Age. They reminded me of a Plesiosaur. Or perhaps someone in city government was paying tribute to the Loch Ness Monster.
The Space Age lights stayed on State Street all through the Mall Era. When Mayor Daley #2 decided to restore traffic in the 1990s, the street went back to the 1940-style lights.
I don’t know whether any of the Space Age light standards were saved. But if the city still has a few of them, they’d look dandy on the roads near the George Lucas Museum.