George Thor Collection


George Thor Collection


Chicagoan George Thor was an auto mechanic during the 1920s and 30s. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.


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Collection Items

George S. Thor
Portrait of George S. Thor, a Chicagoan, who was a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Jack L. Maddux
Jack L. Maddux, president and founder of Maddux Air Lines, Inc., stands in front of a Ford Trimotor, an aircraft that became the mainstay of the commercial airline industry in the late 1920s. Founded in 1927, Maddux Air Lines began by offering…

At Camp Grant
Chicago mayor Anton Cermak shakes the hand of a pilot during a visit to Camp Grant. Cermak served as mayor from 1931 until his assassination in 1933. Camp Grant, located near Rockford, was a U.S. Army facility from its opening in 1917 until 1924,…

The Gang at Dashiell Motor Co.
Workers pose for a picture at the Dashiell Motor Co. service building at "26 and Wabash" in Chicago. The following names are written on the photograph: "Smitty," "Andy Stuckey," "J. Philpott," "Paul Thompson," and "Morris Johnson."

Auto Mechanic Shop
Four men pose by a car in an auto mechanic shop at 6791 S. Chicago Ave, Chicago. The men are identified from left to right as "Cunningham," "McKorman," "Wiley Green," and "George Thor."

Thor Garage
George S. Thor working on a 1926 Wills Sainte Claire automobile on the streets of Chicago. Caption written on the photograph reads, "Thor Garage 1637 E 75 place where Thor stood when fly wheel broke 1930."

Vivien Oakland
Vivien Oakland was a successful American comedic actress in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s.

Knute Rockne
Knute Rockne is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football, posting an impressive 105-12-5 record in 13 seasons as head coach at Notre Dame from 1918-1930. Rockne also played quarterback at Notre Dame from 1910-1913…

June Clyde and Tom Mix
Tom Mix and June Clyde appeared togther in many Westerns during the 1930s.

Airplane Group Photo
Military personnel pose with Major Anton Cermak in front of a Stearman aircraft. Cermak was Mayor of Chicago from 1931 until his assassination in 1933.

Night Air Mail Pilot
In 1911, the United States Post Office began experimenting with air mail flights. In 1921, the first nighttime air mail flight was flown by Jack Knight from Omaha to Chicago.
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