Sunday, September 22, 2013

Behind the Bright Lights, A Dangerous Job In 1930’s Chicago

One of my favorite films of old Chicago is one I came across on archive.org called “Behind the Bright Lights”. It takes a inside look at this massive animated sign for Chevy’s that at one time was atop a building that sits where the Prudential building is now roughly, just north of Millennium Park facing south. This sign kept a team of guys employed whose job it was to risk life and limb to climb around on it changing bulbs and whatnot. Then we go inside the sign to see how the mechanics of the animations worked in this pre digital time.


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