Monthly Archives: March 2016

“She Needs a Hat”: 1920s Easter Bonnets!

“Has any one a brown turban or soft hat that I might touch up a little for a girl of 19 years? She needs it, and I should like to make her happy for Easter Sunday. I will gladly pay … Continue reading

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No Parades And Snake Whiskey: St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago During the 1920s

On March 12th, 2016, Chicago held it’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which included turning the Chicago River a cheery shade of green. This longstanding Chicago tradition started in 1962, thanks to a city plumber who discovered that a dye … Continue reading

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Did You Know? Guest Post Guidelines Are Now Available

Hey everyone, just thought you’d all like to know: yesterday I posted guidelines for guest posts here at A Smile And A Gun. If you like to write about local Chicago history, the 1920s, cocktails, gangsters, booze, guns, or what … Continue reading

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