Harold Mayer, a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was a pioneer in the area of urban geography in the twentieth century. He specialized in North American urban and transportation geography, focusing on New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, and British Columbia. Mayer amassed a large photographic collection during his academic career, which he used to teach his students. He captured the changing urban landscapes of North and Central America through his photographs.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Mayer visited Chicago several times and photographed the streets and everyday life of people. Below are some of the stunning photographs from his Chicago tour.