South Shore Broadsides

04 May South Shore Broadsides

What do you think of when you think of this rail line? Do early morning commutes or weekend trips come to mind? Baseball games, shopping, or concerts? What about the sights on the way? For many of us, the South Shore Line conjures up some of the most iconic images of Northwest Indiana. The 1920s broadsides made by the rail line to advertise our area’s sights and sounds and highlight what makes the south shore of Lake Michigan unique.

The Indiana State Library has digitized their collection of South Shore Line broadsides. You can explore the collection on their website. The collection includes posters by artists Otto Brenneman, Clara Fahrenbach, Oscar Rabe Hanson and Raymond Huelster.

These artifacts remind us how old the South Shore Line is, but did you know that it is the last remaining of the once numerous electric interurban trains in the United States? Construction began in 1901 from Chicago to Indiana’s harbors and lakefront. The broadsides show us what life was like in Indiana almost 100 years ago: just look that steamship and those swimsuits! Or this one: football uniforms sure have changed.

Want to know more history about the South Shore? Check out Moonlight in Duneland, an illustrated history of the South Shore, that includes large, full-page prints of the broadsides.