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St. John Ev. Lutheran Church
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 Episcopal Church
Grant School
Borden Library
City Hall
Cook Publishing
Brethren Publishing 
Dunham's Castle
Elk's Club
Ill. State Armory 
Home Bank Building
Professional Building
Post Office
Sears Academy
Selz Shoe Factory
Masonic Temple
H. Kind 
Hubbard Block
Cromwell Shoes
Judge Botsford's Residence
Fire Barn # 1
Fire Barn # 5
Elgin Eagle Beer
Sherman Hospital
Resthaven Sanitarium
St. Joseph's Hospital
Larkin Children's Hospital
Elgin State Hospital Annex
Old People's Home
Grove Ave.
Grove Ave 
at Nite.
North on Grove
Douglas Ave.
Chicago Street
Villa Street
Highland & Larkin Avenues
Modern Elgin
Grove Ave. (Mod)
Aerial View
Elgin Skyline
Greetings From Elgin
Greetings From Elgin (1975)

Selz Shoe Factory

Originally a Chicago firm, George Ludlow moved his shoe factory to Elgin through  an offer from the Elgin Improvement Company. The offer was for a building and the land that it sat on. Ludlow was promised 20 percent interest in the building and property for every consecutive year that he employed 350 workers.

Employment would reach 370 by 1891. Employees worked a 10 hour day, six days a week. By 1896, the plant began making women's shoes under contract for Selz-Schwab & Company of Chicago. By the 1920ís, the plant would produce 2,000 pairs of women's shoes daily.

While shoes are no longer produced in this building, it still stands today.  The Selz-Schwab Shoe Factory closed in 1929, but the building would later become the home of a manufacturer of women's' dresses, a neon sign factory, an indoor miniature golf course and finally one of the headquarters for the State of Illinois highway sign shops.  Six painters created the route signs for the primary roads in eight Illinois counties.  Today, The Shoe Factory is a series of condominiums.  


Fox River
Chgo St Bridge
Chgo Bridge at night
Kimball  Bridge
Walton Island
Pumping Station
Elgin Nat'l 
Watch Co.
West & Front Wing
Noon at Factory
The Main Entrance
National House
Elgin Watchmakers College
Il. Watch 
Case Factory
Eppenstein's Home
N. Y. World's Fair
My Elgin's All Right
Gifford Park
Veteran Monument
Lord's Park
Scenic View
Upper Lake
Band Stand
Audubon Museum
Pavilion At Night
Pavilion in Wintertime
Bear Pit
Trout Park
Trout Park  Amusement Park
Sulfur  Springs
(Wing Park)
Wing Park
Swimming Pool
Band Concert
(Wing Park)
Weldwood Country Club
Central Park
Bridge over Tyler Creek
Windmill on Aurora Elgin RR
Kelley Hotel
Hotel Fosgate
Fox Hotel
Dairy Cows
Other Elgins
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