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About lupachi1927

My name's Megan, and I'm a writer with an interest in history. While I might not be a real historian, I'm a very thorough researcher. This blog is my place to post about all the interesting historical tidbits I find that can't use in the novel I'm working on, which takes place in Chicago in 1927. If you're looking for research help, writing feedback, or just want to say hi, feel free to drop me a line! :)

Ring in the New Year With Some “Dry” Prohibition Drinks

Want to ring in the New Year with an unusual 1920s twist? Why not try a Prohibition cocktail…without any alcohol? ~*~ DRINKS  THAT  “CHEER  BUT  DON’T  INEBRIATE”:  NEW  YEAR’S  MOCK-TAILS While New Year’s Eve in the Roaring Twenties tends to … Continue reading

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“Books for Every One”: A Christmas Gift Guide from 1928

  Scrambling for a last minute Christmas gift? Why not try a book recommendation from 1928? What do you think was the most popular Christmas gift in 1928? If you said “a book,” you’d be right! 🙂 Books were extremely … Continue reading

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Turtle Soup and Oyster Stew: A New England Jazz Age Thanksgiving

Hello everyone! As you know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and American tables will be overflowing with mashed potatoes, turkey, and pumpkin pie, to name but a few…though sea turtle soup, oyster stew, and broiled lobster probably won’t be on the menu! … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en How-To: What Food to Serve at Your Vintage Halloween Party

Congratulations, dear readers! What with the invitations mailed and the house decorated, you’re almost ready to hold your vintage Halloween party! Now you just need one more thing: food! Lucky for you, vintage Halloween fare is simple to prepare…though not all … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en How-To: Decorate Your Home for Halloween With Vintage Flair

“A paste-pot, some orange and black cardboard and crepe paper, white and black ribbon and a lively imagination can produce wonders in the way of creating a spooky atmosphere” for your Halloween party, assured Tribune reporter Sally Lunn in a … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en How-To: Make A 1920s Vintage Halloween Party Invitation

Looking to make some vintage invitations for your Halloween party this year? Then follow these steps, and you’ll be stuffing those envelopes in no time. ~*~ Step One: Pick Your Party’s Theme Does your party have a theme, like ghosts, … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en How-To: A Crafty Miniseries for October 2017!

~*~ Hello everyone! Lately I’ve noticed a big uptick in last year’s Halloween post, How to Make a REAL 1920s Halloween Costume. So, in light of that, I thought it might be fun to do a short mini-series on how to … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: Shrub, the Temperance Cocktail You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

When thinking about cocktails, do these lovely ladies ever spring to mind? Probably not! But did you know that the fine ladies of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement are a big part of why one of the world’s oldest cocktails—the … Continue reading

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Resource Spotlight: The Stag Cookbook Revisited

Remember that screwy cookbook I posted about as part of my Resource Spotlight series, The Stag Cookbook For Men? Somewhere between an actual cookbook and an elaborate joke, it collected recipes from famous men of the 1920s in an effort … Continue reading

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The Fix Is In: Capone’s Rigged Roulette Wheel Rediscovered

    “$2,500,00 DAY SPENT ON OPEN GAMES IN CITY” declared a Chicago Tribune headline in 1928 in bold type, bemoaning the rising gambling epidemic within the city’s confines. “Chicagoans freely and openly indulge in all the pastimes of chance known to … Continue reading

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