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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Cruising Down 95th Street in 1940

Do you remember when 95th Street was just two lanes?

Filmed around 1940 when the village was home to just 3,500 residents, a segment of this footage was taken from a car headed west down 95th Street.  Several former Oak Lawn landmarks are visible, including the train depot, water tower and Behrend’s Hardware Store. Most of the buildings that appear in the film do not survive into the present day.  

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Kevin Korst is the local history coordinator for the . Visit the library's second floor and explore the exhibits, archives or just ask Kevin an obscure history question about the village.

Editor's note: In our haste to get this video up, Patch inadvertantly put the wrong byline on this story. Kevin Korst of the Oak Lawn Library provided the clip and background for the video. We apologize to Mr. Korst.

Glen Kato October 11, 2011 at 09:06 PM
That is so cool!
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 12, 2011 at 03:36 AM
Do you know what kind of car the film was taken in? You can see a hood ornament in the shot but I can't identify it.
John Hurlock December 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM
The hood ornament on the car appears to be a Dodge Ram. Occasionally the water tower, which was on the North side of 95th street, appears on the left side indicating that the car was traveling east not west at that time.

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