newsstand by john vachon

If you’re a historical photographer, grab your camera and snap a newsstand quick, before you miss your chance. According to ChicagoBusiness there are now about 46 operating stands in Chicago. That’s down from about 130 in 2000. And that’s down from about 500 in the early 1990s. Another sign of the decline of print news (here in San Francisco the Chronicle just announced 25 percent staff layoffs, and in L.A. the Times announced 60 layoffs today) — but that’s not news.

Newsstand photo by John Vachon, 1938.