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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. As an amateur historian, 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! :)

A New Year and a New Blog Update Too

Happy New Year, dear readers—and what a year it’s been. Somehow, we’ve managed to make it through an entire year of pandemic insanity…and we might have to push through another one, as the pandemic doesn’t seem to have an end … Continue reading

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The Quarantine Poem That Wasn’t Written During the Spanish Flu—And One That Was

It’s been attributed to authors in the 1800s, or to the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919, but none of that is true. Here’s the real story. ~*~ In case you haven’t been on social media in the past few months, you … Continue reading

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How to Make A Face Mask, 1918 Style

This April the CDC issued at statement that encouraged all Americans, regardless of their Covid-19 status, to wear a cloth face mask when out in public. One hundred and two years ago, Americans were doing the same thing—they were sporting … Continue reading

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“Lifting the Lid” Too Fast: Reopening During the 1918 Pandemic After Shutdowns Led to More Death

~*~ Chicago’s first brush with the Spanish flu came via the Great Lakes Naval Station. Home to the United States’ Navy only boot camp, the Great Lakes Naval Station churned out roughly 125,000 American sailors during the Great War—and it … Continue reading

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Headlines From 1918 Flu Could Be Ours Today

~*~ Stay indoors. Isolate sick family members. Wear a mask, especially if you’re caring for a sick person. Wash your hands often, and don’t touch your mouth, nose, or face. Sound familiar? Covid-19 may be ravaging the world today, but … Continue reading

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1928 Children’s Book Recommendations From a Former Chicago Public Librarian, Just in Time for Christmas…

Since my previous Christmas book recommendations were popular last year, I figured I’d try another one. This time around, however, we’re focusing on children’s books. ~*~ Today’s 1928 recommendations come from Agatha L. Shea, a former Supervisor of Children’s Services at … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en How-To: Tell The Future at Your Vintage Halloween Party

One hundred years ago, Halloween was about…love? ❤ ~*~ Maidens their fate may tell on this Hallowe’en. Of him they love so well learn on this Hallowe’en. Learn what his trade may be, If he’ll be true to thee. Maybe … Continue reading

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A Bit of Holiday Fun: Boozy Easter Eggs from 1932

“How much for the eggs?” John Huntley asked, eyeing the large display of Easter candy on the delicatessen’s counter. He’d heard the stuff had been selling like hot cakes, and no one was sure why—but being a Prohibition agent, he … Continue reading

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There Goes the Neighborhood: Al Capone’s House Has Finally Been Sold!

Al Capone’s House is officially off the market— and for double the asking price! ~*~ ~*~ Well, dear readers, it finally happened! Al Capone’s family home at 7244 South Prairie Avenue, the travails of which I’ve posted about on numerous … Continue reading

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Ghosts, Gangsters, and Widows: An Interview With Sherilyn Decter, Author of INNOCENCE LOST, Book One of The Bootlegger Chronicles

     Hello Dear Readers! Today I’m very excited to bring you something new and different: an interview with author Sherilyn Decter!     Decter’s marketing team over at MC Book Tours reached out to me to join her book tour, … Continue reading

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