Photographs ©John P. Walsh
St. Joseph, April 2020.
Dry cleaners, Wilmette, Illinois, June 2016.
Yellow table and chairs, Naperville, Illinois, March 2018.
Artist’s table, May 2015.
Skyway, Chicago, July 2016. The Skyway’s main feature is a 1⁄2-mile-long steel truss bridge, known as the “High Bridge.”
Below the fold, November 2017.
Grand Theatre (1925), Wheaton, Illinois, May 2018.
Oak Park, Illinois, January 2018.
Forest Park, Illinois, August 2015.
zipper, Chicago, June 2018.
handcrank organ, c. 1930, Old Stone Church (Methodist Episcopal), 1861, Lemont, Illinois, June 2015.
Bard medallion, Rockford, Illinois, July 2017.
Dry dock, Wilmette Harbor, December 2017.
necks and scrolls, Wilmette, Illinois, June 2016.
Sunday obligation, Elmhurst, Illinois, June 2014.
Ruth M. Anderson’s sleeveless wedding dress (left) for her marriage to William Noling on Saturday, June 7, 1924, in Evanston, Illinois. The Charles Gates Dawes House, Evanston, Illinois.
The dress is made of silk satin in an egg shell color. It is accented by an oval medallion with bands also made of silk satin. The medallion is embroidered with faux pearl and other glass beads.
While the wedding dress was very fashionable for the mid1920’s, it probably was not or would not be allowed in one of Evanston’s houses of worship because it was sleeveless and deemed risqué for showing too much bare skin.
The wedding was held in the house of the bride and her parents, Jennie (née Johnson) and Isak Anderson at 1035 Ridge Avenue in Evanston built in 1914.
Isak Anderson was born in Sweden and came to the United States at 20 years old in 1890. The next year he married Jennie Johnson and they had Ruth and another child. Ruth’s father was a bank director and partner in a local tailoring business in downtown Evanston at 608 Davis that today is a noodle shop.
SOURCES: Dawes House, Evanston Illinois; The Swedish Element in Illinois: Survey of the Past Seven Decades, Ernst Wilhelm Olson, p. 586.
Photograph was taken on October 17, 2015.