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Monday, November 9, 2009

Old Irving Park Ruins

This house in Old Irving Park was not a step back in time, but a long walk.

It was built in the 1920s, and last decorated some time in the early '50s.

This microwave oven was probably the newest thing here, and even that seemed to be from the '70s.

Whatever light that made its way through the windows was dim and dusty. It made getting good photos a challenge.

This was probably the first time these old electronics (if they could legitimately be called that) had been out of the attic in at least 50 years.

Whoever lived here had been quite a reader at one time.

I wish I'd had time to go through all of these. Who knows what I might have found?

It probably goes without saying that there was something strange and a bit haunting here.

It wasn't just the fault of these dolls, either. And it wasn't just me.

A hipster couple accompanied me during most of my tour, and they made a point of going through all the drawers and closets. At one point I heard the woman say, "Let's get out of here."

"Okay," replied the man. "This place is creeping me out."

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