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About lupachi1927

My name's Megan. 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.

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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C is for Cocktail: A Series of Links For You All

  Hello again, everyone! I’m about to go on vacation—again—so here’s a set of interesting cocktail-themed links for you to enjoy this week. Bottoms up! 😉 ~*~ Taste a blast from the past with Nicholson Gin, an ingredient which is called … Continue reading

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Dance ‘Til You Drop: New Vintage Photos of Grueling Dance Marathons Are Sad, Funny, and Everything In Between

Could you dance for 1,437 hours straight? This couple did—and they weren’t the only ones! Starting in 1923 and lasting throughout the Great Depression, dance marathons were a major form of popular entertainment in America, with couples dancing weeks and … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: This Summer’s WTTW Chicago History Cocktails Are For The Ladies

  Last year, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight featured a series of cocktail creations based on Chicago history. This summer, they’ve brought them back—with a twist. Instead of Chicago politics, they’re focusing on Chicago’s historical leading ladies, starting with Bertha Palmer, the … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? 1920s Baby Names for Girls Rising in Popularity…Again!

  Ever met a Fern, an Opal, or a Zelda? Well, according to sites like cafemom, that might change this year. Roaring Twenties names for girls are back in vogue this year, and why not? There are tons of awesome … Continue reading

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Mugs in the Jug: British Edition

Hey everyone! Remember that post I wrote about 1920s mug shots from Australia? Well, now I’ve got a whole bunch of new ones…from England! 😀 This particular collection comes from a scrapbook by former New Scotland Yard detective Herbert Mew, … Continue reading

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The Yanks Are Coming! A Booklist in Honor of America Entering WWI One Hundred Years Ago Today

One hundred years ago on April 6th, 1917, America entered WWI and changed the world forever. Over the course of the War, America went from an isolationist, frontier power to a major player on the international stage, both economically and politically. … Continue reading

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See the 1920s Come to Life in Gorgeous Color Videos

    When most people imagine the past, many think of it as colorless. And why not? Most photographs and film from those times is in black and white, especially films. But what if it didn’t have to be? Color has been a … Continue reading

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What Job Would You Have in Britain During the 1920s?

If you worked in Britain during the 1920s, what kind of job would you have? A fun infographic from the UK’s OnStride Financial blog  attempts to answer this question, using a cheerful, colorful flow chart. Sadly, none of them coincide with Downton Abbey—but they’re … Continue reading

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John Barleycorn Must Die: Today in History, Mock Funerals Took Place Across America as Prohibition Began in Earnest

~*~ On January 17th, 1920, hundreds of fake funerals were held in churches and bars across the country for a man that didn’t exist. John Barleycorn, the anthropomorphic personification of beer and whiskey, was symbolically laid to rest amid cheers and tears at … Continue reading

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