Today we welcome guest blogger Allan Zirlin. Allan has contributed wonderful photographs and comments to this blog. He’s from Albany Park and Von Steuben High School. His post was inspired by “This was how they rolled in Albany Park.”
“My ‘gang’ had a different gathering place in the early 1950s. It was on the 4900 block of N. Whipple St., just north of Ainslie. There was a set of concrete “stoops” between the entrances to the gangway that ran from the street to the alley between two court buildings. There were at least six of us on any given summer evening. We even had our own version of the Jersey Boys as we would sing some of the songs popular then. Of course, the people who lived right above the ‘stoops’ weren’t too happy about the noise we were making so once in a while we’d get doused with water from above.
“We’d sit and ogle the girls who also lived on the block as they walked past us. We might even have made some unseemly remarks as they passed.
“Summertime in the early 1950s was a really carefree time. Then we grew up and moved out of Albany Park. And here we thought it would last forever. Evenings on the stoops, nights at Bonfire, Sunday mornings at Alba bowling alley, Saturday afternoons at the Terminal for a double feature plus news and cartoons.
“Korea was a million miles away except for one of ours who was drafted and sent there. When he left it seemed the party was over. Nothing lasts forever.”
Photo credit: Allan Zirlin
Related posts: “This was how they rolled in Albany Park.” In addition to “Nighthawks in Albany Park,” Allan Zirlin has shared his memories on numerous comments to posts. He contributed photographs and his recollections on this post: “Oh, I love the night life.”
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