Rollover text informationAmerican Experience Logo
Chicago: City of the Century
The Film and More
Special Features
Do You Know Chicago?
Decades of Immigrants
Made in Chicago
Faces in the Crowd
Eight Anarchists
Then and Now
Your Kind of Town

People and Events
Teacher's Guide

spacer above content
Faces in the Crowd: "Street Sweeper" previous 20 of 20 

Man with a broom and a bottle
"Street Sweeper"

The hard task of keeping the often filthy city streets clean fell to unskilled laborers. In 1889, under pressure from the public, the state of Illinois created the Sanitary District of Chicago to clean up the city and combat the spread of diseases. In contrast to the letter carrier or the ice man, the street sweeper is not posed in the action of his work. Instead, he is shown drinking from a bottle of liquor.

Enlarge Image

previous | return to gallery index

Site Navigation

Special Features: Do You Know Chicago? | Decades of Immigrants | Made in Chicago
Faces in the Crowd | Eight Anarchists | Then and Now | Your Kind of Town

Chicago: City of the Century Home | The Film & More | Special Features | Timeline
Maps | People and Events | Teacher's Guide

American Experience | Feedback | Search & Site Map | Shop | Subscribe | Web Credits

© New content 1999-2003 PBS Online / WGBH