Two histories of Albany Park

By sheer coincidence I’ve received links to two wildly different depictions of old-school Albany Park in less than 12 hours. Between them, you can get a good sense of the changes that the neighborhood underwent over a 40-year period.

Last night, Joe Zekas reminded me of above clip on Albany Park’s Latin Kings, taken from a 1989 documentary titled “The Heart Broken in Half.” The second half can be seen here.

This morning, Frances Archer (whose memories of Hollywood Park we shared last November) sent me a link to her latest post at her Me & My Shadow blog: an interview with photographer Jerry Pritikin, who grew up on Troy Street in Albany Park during the ’40s and ’50s.

Hank Pritikin, far right, 1942, courtesy of Jerry Pritkin and Frances Archer

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