Wednesday, January 2, 2019

ABOUT JOHN CHUCKMAN

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 embraced the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling “the peaceable kingdom.”

John’s writing appears regularly on many Internet sites. He has been translated into at least ten languages and has been regularly translated into Italian and Spanish. Several of his essays have been published in book collections, including two college texts. He has published a book, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, published by Constable and Robinson, London. John also writes book reviews.

Apart from his writing since retiring from the oil industry, John has taught university courses in economics, done a good deal of private tutoring, served as a professional newspaper restaurant reviewer (he likes cooking), followed his favorite hobby of photography, and created a popular family of image blogs on the Internet.

John may be reached directly at:  formersouthsideboy@gmail.com

SOME INTERNET SITES FROM JOHN CHUCKMAN:



CHUCKMAN'S PLACES ON WORDPRESS: FEATURING THE BELOVED URBAN VILLAGE OF SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO

CHUCKMAN'S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: CHICAGO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABILIA

CHUCKMAN'S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: TORONTO NOSTALGIA

CHUCKMAN’S MONTREAL

CHUCKMAN'S PHOTOS ON WORD PRESS

CHUCKMAN'S KODACHROMES ON WORDPRESS: JOHN AND BOBBY LONG AGO

CHUCKMAN'S PORT STANLEY

CHUCKMAN'S BAYFIELD

CHUCKMAN'S GODERICH

CHUCKMAN'S ILES DE LA MADELEINE (MAGDALEN ISLANDS)

CHUCKMAN'S ART

CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS

CHUCKMAN'S GALLERY OF GROTESQUES

CHUCKMAN'S CARTOON COMMENTS

CHUCKMAN'S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: 1920s ARCADE CARD BEAUTIES – THEIR CHARM AND GRACE AND WHIMSY

CHUCKMAN'S WORDS ON WORDPRESS: POLITICAL ESSAYS

CHUCKMAN'S WORDS ON WORDPRESS: COMMENTS FROM THE WORLD'S PRESS

CHUCKMAN'S MISCELLANEA OF WORDS

CHUCKMAN'S NON-SPORTS TRADING CARDS OF THE 1950S VOLUME 01 (OF 4 VOLUMES)



ME, ROUGHLY: THE DECLINE IS RAPID NOW

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - 1219-25 E 52ND STREET - BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT BUILDING WITH LITTLE GIRL IN FRONT - YOUNG TREES - 1910s - GENERAL NOTE ON POSTCARDS WITH PHOTOS OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS: THESE WERE THE "MLS LISTINGS" OF THEIR DAY - USED BY RENTERS AND BUYERS TO SELECT SITES TO VISIT - PEOPLE ALSO MADE THESE CARDS PRIVATELY USING KITS THAT WERE AVAILABLE - YOU OFTEN SEE FAIRLY CRUDE HANDWRITTEN LABELS ON SUCH CARDS


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - ADLER PLANETARIUM - GRANT PARK - CLOSE GROUND VIEW - CROWDS ON STAIRS - CARS - STYLIZED AND TINTED - FINE VERSION - 1940


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - AERIAL PANORAMA LOOKING E FROM ABOVE S BRANCH OF RIVER - 1975


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - BEACH - NOT IDENTIFIED - LIKELY FOR CHICAGO BEACH HOTEL - CHILDREN ALONG SHORE - PIER WITH MANY WOMEN UNDER PARASOLS - TINTED - VERY NICE VERSION - c1910


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT BUILDING - KENMORE AND LELAND SE CORNER - WOMAN IN FRONT - 1910s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT BUILDING - KENMORE AND THORNDALE AVES - S E CORNER - 1910s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT BUILDING WITH STRIPED AWNINGS - 4525 DOVER STREET - 1910s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - BEAUTIFUL COMMERCIAL BUILDING - IDOL HOUR CAFE - WESTERN AVE AND BELMONT - 1908


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CHINATOWN - LOOKING S ON WENTWORTH FROM CERMAK ROAD GROUND LEVEL - NIGHT - TIME EXPOSURE - c1980


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CHINATOWN - THE CHINESE TEMPLE - LOOKING S ON WENTWORTH FROM 22 ND - 1964


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CHINATOWN - WENTWORTH AVE - LOOKING N GROUND LEVEL TOWARDS CERMAK ROAD WITH CHINESE GATE - c1980


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CITY HALL SQUARE BUILDING - 139 N CLARK - STOOD WHERE DALEY CENTER IS LOCATED - AERIAL VIEW DOWN STREET - NOTE PALACE THEATER IN BUILDING - NEXT DOOR GEORGE COHAN'S GRAND OPERA HOUSE - TINTED - 1914


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CLARK LOOKING N - METHODIST TEMPLE IN THE DISTANCE - TINTED - 1926


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CLUB EL BIANCO RESTAURANT - 2747 W 63RD - INTERIOR LENGTH OF BAR AND SOME TABLES - TINTED - 1951


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ROGERS PARK - TWO GIRLS AT STREET CORNER - 1913


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - DOWNTOWN - CALLED BIRD'S-EYE VIEW - LOOKING MAINLY E - NOTE OLD FEDERAL BUILDING AND POST OFFICE AT BOTTOM - YOU CAN SEE WHAT IS ON ROOFTOPS - NAVY PIER IN DISTANCE - TINTED - FINE VERSION - 1948


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - DRAKE HOTEL LAKE SHORE DRIVE AND UPPER MICHIGAN - AERIAL SLIGHTLY SURREALISTIC LOOKING S E - TINTED - 1935


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - FIELD MUSEUM - CALLED MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - ELEVATED VIEW LOOKING N W - PART OF MICHIGAN AVE SKYLINE IN BACKGROUND - c1960


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - GARFIELD PARK - TOBOGGAN SLIDE - CROWD - c1920


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - HIGH AERIAL PANORAMA WITH PRUDENTIAL BUILDING AT CENTER SHOWING HUGE RAIL YARDS - LOOKING N - c1960


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - HOTEL PLANTERS RESTAURANT INTERIOR - CLARK AND MADISON - THE BURLESQUE HOUSE IN THE HOTEL BECAME THE CLARK THEATER - OPENED 1910


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - KING YEN LO RESTAURANT - CLARK AND VAN BUREN - DINING ROOM - TINTED - NICE VERSION - 1909


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - LINCOLN PARK LAKE SHORE - SUNDAY AFTERNOON - HUGE CROWD OF PEDESTRIANS AND CARS - MAX RIGOT IMAGE - TINTED - NICE VERSION - c1920


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - CALLED LOOKING S FROM VAN BUREN BUT THE VIEW IS MORE W - CONGRESS HOTEL - AUDITORIUM HOTEL - STUDEBAKER HALL - FINE ARTS BUILDING - TINTED - 1910s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - LOOKING N FROM BRIDGE GROUND LEVEL - WRIGLEY AND TRIBUNE - 1961


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - LOOKING N FROM LAKE STREET - CARS BUSES PEDESTRIANS - TINTED - PART OF WORLD'S FAIR 1933 SERIES


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - LOOKING N GROUND LEVEL - c1960


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - LOOKING N GROUND LEVEL FROM ART INSTITUTE - LINE PEOPLE CROSSING MICHIGAN AND ON STAIRS TO ART INSTITUTE - NICE VERSION - 1961


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - LOOKING N GROUND LEVEL FROM BLACKSTONE HOTEL- TINTED - 1915


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - LOOKING N GROUND LEVEL NEAR ART INSTITUTE - AMOCO BUILDING ON RIGHT WAS COMPLETED 1973


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - N FROM 26TH GROUND LEVEL - JUST A FEW CARS - TREE-LINED - BIG HOMES - 1910s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE BRIDGE S E CORNER PYLON - REGENERATION BAS-RELIEF COMMEMORATES THE CITY'S REBUILDING AFTER GREAT FIRE OF 1871 - PART OF A SERIES FOR 1933 WORLD'S FAIR


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE LOOKING N W FROM STEPS OF ART INSTITUTE - HUGE NUMBER OF CARS ON THE STREET - SOME PEDESTRIANS - NOTE WHERE LION IS LOCATED - 1920s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN BLVD (CALLED THAT) - ELEVATED VIEW LOOKING NE TOWARDS ART INSTITUTE - CARS AND BUSES - TINTED - NICE VERSION -1940s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN BLVD (CALLED THAT) - LOOKING S AND GRANT PARK - GROUND LEVEL PANORAMA FROM ILLINOIS CENTRAL TRACKS - TINTED - 1920s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN BLVD (CALLED THAT) - LOOKING SW FROM RANDOLPH - AIRPLANE AND FLAGS DRAWN IN - 1930s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN BLVD (CALLED THAT) - N FROM 14TH STREET - c1910


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN BLVD (CALLED THAT) LOOKING N HIGH AERIAL - THE DRAKE AND BLACKSTONE HOTELS FEATURED - NOTE LARGE COLONNADE IN FOREGROUND - TINTED - PART OF WORLD FAIR 1933 SERIES


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - N MICHIGAN AVE - COUPLE WALKING - NIGHT WITH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS - 1970s


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - N MICHIGAN AVE - NIGHT - AERIAL FROM RIVER - 1959


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - NAVY PIER - WHEN IT WAS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS - AERIAL - NOTE GYM BUILDING ON RIGHT - 1964


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - NEWBERRY LIBRARY - N CLARK STREET AERIAL PANORAMA - 1905


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - OLD SPINNING WHEEL TEA ROOM - 421 E OGDEN AVE HINSDALE - LIST OF MOST POPULAR NATIONALLY KNOWN CHICAGO RESTAURANTS - FOOD FOR THOUGHT - c1950


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - PRAIRIE AVE S OF 113 TH ROSELAND - CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH AND STREET OF NEW HOMES AND APARTMENTS AND TREES - 1916


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - PUBLIC LIBRARY - MICHIGAN AND WASHINGTON - GROUND LEVEL LOOKING NW - CABLE CARS - WAGONS - PEDESTRIANS - TINTED - c1905


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - RANDOLPH STREET - LOOKING W FROM JUST W OF STATE - 1957


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - SOLDIERS FIELD AND FIELD MUSEUM - AERIAL PANORAMA LOOKING NW - MICHIGAN AVE SKYLINE - TINTED - 1939


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - STATE STREET - AERIAL VIEW FROM MADISON - LOOKING N - BOSTON STORE ON LEFT - BIG CROWDS - WAGONS - STREETCARS - TINTED - NICE VERSION - 1910


POSTCARD - CHICAGO - STATE STREET - LOOKING N FROM MADISON ELEVATED - BOSTON STORE - CABLE CAR - BIG CROWDS - FIELDS NEW BUILDING IN DISTANCE ONLY HALF FINISHED - MASONIC TEMPLE JUST BEYOND FIELDS - TINTED - c1905