Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cubs Win the 1908 World Series and Chicago Celebrates. Downtown Looking North on State Street at Madison Street.

The Digital Research Library of Illinois History® organization identifies the correct subject and date of this 110 year old photograph. The subject was unknown and thus, mislabeled on the Internet. This is one of a handful of historic photos that we were able to correct the information on Illinois photographs.
This photo was taken on Wednesday, October 14, 1908 at 1:05 pm as Chicago Cubs fans flock to the streets in celebration of the Cubs Winning the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. Game 5 had a 10 o'clock start and was played at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan.

The image was most likely captured from the photographer standing on the roof of a streetcar.

RESEARCH: The handwritten date on the photographs face, which was misread as 1909, is actually 1908. I inverted the photograph in Photoshop and used other filters to further deduce the last digit was an 8, not the number 9.

Moreover, there is nothing else that would bring such a crowd (flash mob) out in the streets of downtown Chicago, resulting in bringing traffic to a standstill. News travels fast via telegraph, telephone (by 1905, the total telephones in Chicago proper had increased to 100,000) and word of mouth.

by Neil Gale, Ph.D. 


  1. Amazing image. My father was then 5 months old and living in Dyer, IN at the time.

  2. Great detective work Neil! A wonderful photo & now it's known what it is all about.


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