Posts tagged Prohibition

Al Capone’s Time Magazine cover, 1930.

Al Capone’s Time Magazine cover, 1930.

A despondent (and dapper) Ed “Spike” O’Donnell, leader of the South Side O’Donnells, after arrest around 1930, Chicago.

http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/id171.htm

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Spike_O’Donnell

A despondent (and dapper) Ed “Spike” O’Donnell, leader of the South Side O’Donnells, after arrest around 1930, Chicago.

http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/id171.htm

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Spike_O’Donnell

Henry Earl J. Wojciechowski, most famously known by his alias, Hymie Weiss, 1924, Chicago.

A founding member of the North Side Gang, Weiss was famously shot to death on State Street near Superior in 1926.

Bullet holes can still be found in the facade of Holy Name Cathedral from this shoot out. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Earl_J._Wojciechowski

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Hymie_Weiss

Henry Earl J. Wojciechowski, most famously known by his alias, Hymie Weiss, 1924, Chicago.

A founding member of the North Side Gang, Weiss was famously shot to death on State Street near Superior in 1926.

Bullet holes can still be found in the facade of Holy Name Cathedral from this shoot out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Earl_J._Wojciechowski

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Hymie_Weiss

No one in Chicago crossed Frank McErlane - the most feared and “brutal” gangster in Chicago during Prohibition.
Not even his wife Elfrieda and her two German Shepherds were safe, all three who died at his hand in front of 8129 S Phillips Ave in 1931.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_McErlane

No one in Chicago crossed Frank McErlane - the most feared and “brutal” gangster in Chicago during Prohibition.

Not even his wife Elfrieda and her two German Shepherds were safe, all three who died at his hand in front of 8129 S Phillips Ave in 1931.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_McErlane

A crowd surrounds a makeshift bar set up in the Loop on the day Prohibition is repealed, 1933, Chicago.
via Huffington Post/Getty Images

A crowd surrounds a makeshift bar set up in the Loop on the day Prohibition is repealed, 1933, Chicago.

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Dry agents clean up a “wet spot” in the Loop, 1924, Chicago.

Dry agents clean up a “wet spot” in the Loop, 1924, Chicago.

Speakeasy mob-hit, 1926, Chicago.
The sign says:
NOTICE TWO U:
ALL KNIVES MUST BE CHECKED AT DOOR
ALL MEMBERS MUST KEEP THEMSELVES 
CLEAN OR WILL BE ASKED TO
STAY OUT

Speakeasy mob-hit, 1926, Chicago.

The sign says:

NOTICE TWO U:

ALL KNIVES MUST BE CHECKED AT DOOR

ALL MEMBERS MUST KEEP THEMSELVES

CLEAN OR WILL BE ASKED TO

STAY OUT

Anti-prohibition parade, 1931, Chicago.
The demands are clear…

Anti-prohibition parade, 1931, Chicago.

The demands are clear…

Chicago was the center of the Flapper universe. Within the culture of jazz and prohibition, the flapper lifestyle thrived in Chicago.
Flappers even had their own magazine, published here in Chicago.
This is the cover for the October 1922 issue. “Not for Old Fogies”

Chicago was the center of the Flapper universe. Within the culture of jazz and prohibition, the flapper lifestyle thrived in Chicago.

Flappers even had their own magazine, published here in Chicago.

This is the cover for the October 1922 issue. “Not for Old Fogies”

Celebrating the end of Prohibition, 1933, Chicago.

Celebrating the end of Prohibition, 1933, Chicago.

Voice activated water fountains, 1930, Chicago. Popular Mechanics

Voice activated water fountains, 1930, Chicago. Popular Mechanics

The famous jazz club and speakeasy, Bert Kelly’s Stables, 431 N Rush (at Hubbard), 1924, Chicago.
University of Chicago Archives

The famous jazz club and speakeasy, Bert Kelly’s Stables, 431 N Rush (at Hubbard), 1924, Chicago.

University of Chicago Archives

Al Capone’s grave, Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, 1959, Chicago.

Al Capone’s grave, Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, 1959, Chicago.

Follow up on yesterday’s Chicago (silent film from 1927) post:

The main female characters in Chicago were based on Beulah Annan (first photo, 1924,who inspired Roxie Hart) and Belva Gaertner (second photo, 1917,who inspired Velma Kelly).

Both women were on Chicago’s Murderess’ Row. Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Watkins had covered both their trials, eventually writing a stage play called, Chicago, which ran for 172 shows.

The 1927 silent film followed, then came a 1942 motion picture called Roxie Hart, starring Ginger Rogers.

The Broadway musical debuted in 1975 and the award winning film starring Renee Zellweger came in 2002.

For more details about each woman visit their wiki pages:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beulah_Annan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belva_Gaertner

Also, check out Douglas Perry’s book, “The Girls of Murder City” from 2010.

Ninety three years ago today was the first full day of Prohibition, lasting a little more than 13 years.
Chicago, arguably, was never dry…
Protesting Prohibition on Randolph Street, 1930, Chicago.

Ninety three years ago today was the first full day of Prohibition, lasting a little more than 13 years.

Chicago, arguably, was never dry…

Protesting Prohibition on Randolph Street, 1930, Chicago.