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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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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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Do you have what it takes to be a 1920s telephone operator? Play this unique video game and find out!

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a 1920s telephone operator? That’s the question behind Mike Lazer-Walker’s unusual new video game Hello Operator, which uses a real live vintage 1927 telephone switchboard to play a time-management game akin to Diner Dash or Tapper. … Continue reading

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Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!: Visit 1920s Berlin on Second Life

1920s Berlin was a pretty happening place. After WWI the Weinmar Republic saw an explosion of arts and culture unlike anything Germany’s seen before or since. Musicians, artists, dancers, writers, philosophers, singers, and bohemians of all stripes came together to create … Continue reading

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“How Long Will They Last?” Endurance Dance Contests: Jazz-Age Reality TV

~*~ 572 hours and thirty-one minutes: almost twenty-four whole days. That’s how long “Chicago’s first all-Negro endurance dance contest” lasted.1 Starting July 1st, 1928 at the 8th Regiment Armory in the heart of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and ending on July 25th at the Savoy … Continue reading

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How Al Capone Helped Invent the Modern Potato Chip

If you live in the Chicagoland area—or even just the greater Midwest—you’ve probably eaten Jay’s Potato Chips. What you might not know, however, is who is majorly responsible for them: Al Capone! Seriously. According to Jay Shefsky, host of WTTW’s … Continue reading

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Meet American Cinema’s First Gangster: The Snapper Kid

He walks into the frame at the 1:45 minute mark, and by 1:56 he’s getting slapped across the face by Lillian Gish for trying to steal a kiss. Pugnacious, quick, and tough, yet also charming, the Snapper Kid is film’s … Continue reading

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The Oldest Film Footage of Chicago?

Hello all. I know I promised you some writing advice from CWC last week, but it looks like that might take me a bit of time to write up. However, in the meantime, please enjoy this quick video post. Someone … Continue reading

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Epic Rap Battle Video! Al Capone Versus…?

Hey everybody! I’m going on vacation this week, so I thought I’d give you all something fun to watch instead of something to read. Ever seen Epic Rap Battles of History? If you’re not familiar with them, they’re a series … Continue reading

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