Monthly Archives: January 2016

Home Sweet Home? Al Capone’s Family Home Goes Off-Market

7244 S. Prairie Ave., Al Capone’s family home in Chicago from 1923 to 1931, was taken off the real estate market on December 4th, 2015.  As of right now, it’s unclear if it’s been sold or foreclosed on—but this is hardly … Continue reading

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January 25th: Al Capone Died Today, 69 Years Ago

On January 25th, 1947, Al Capone died in his Miami Beach home surrounded by family and friends. Rather than getting gunned down in the street, as he had feared, he passed away from stroke complications—probably aided and abetted by an advanced … Continue reading

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Etiquette Guides From the 1920s and Beyond

Old etiquette guides act as fascinating windows into the past. Not only do they give insight into how people behaved at the time, but they also show how people back then thought they should behave, which can be just as enlightening—-especially if … Continue reading

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Raise a Glass: Today is National Bootlegger’s Day…and Al’s Birthday, Too!

Thanks to the magic of Google Alerts I found out that today—January 17th—is none other than National Bootlegger’s Day. What’s National Bootlegger’s Day, you ask? Well, according to NationalDayCalendar, this day was created to celebrate bootleggers and their various attempts to … Continue reading

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New Online Resources Added!

Looking for research help? Check out my Online Resources Page for tons of NEW links on a variety of topics, including back issues of The Chicagoan, the History Study Center, and lots of links to free full text scans of books … Continue reading

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Another New Woman Post!

Back in October, my friend Sarah launched a series on the “New Woman” of the 1920s. Today she posted another one on how the “New” woman handled make-up…and how she helped to normalize it within society via the magic of … Continue reading

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