Posts tagged history

An article from Jet Magazine, 1970, Chicago.
Happy and proud to now be from a state where the word ‘married’ won’t be in quotes.
Congratulations on passing marriage equality, Illinois!
via Vieilles Anonces

An article from Jet Magazine, 1970, Chicago.

Happy and proud to now be from a state where the word ‘married’ won’t be in quotes.

Congratulations on passing marriage equality, Illinois!

via Vieilles Anonces

A murder scene draws a crowd, 1945, Chicago
via Murder City

A murder scene draws a crowd, 1945, Chicago

via Murder City

In the days before Big Jim Colosimo, Al Capone, the Syndicate and the Outfit, organized crime in Chicago was known as The Black Hand.

Mostly run by recent Italian immigrants, The Black Hand specialized in extortion.

Extortion letters were often written phonetically or with only symbols.

To receive a letter with a black hand symbol would mean, without complying, certain death.

The interesting point here is that the two typed letters shown were written by a Polish gang member to appear as if they had been written by an Italian - complete with accent.

via archives.gov

It’s Chicago Day at the Columbian Exposition!, 1893, Chicago.
On this date, chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Fire, the fair would break records with over 715,000 people visiting the grounds in one day.
"The World United at Chicago"

It’s Chicago Day at the Columbian Exposition!, 1893, Chicago.

On this date, chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Fire, the fair would break records with over 715,000 people visiting the grounds in one day.

"The World United at Chicago"

Many thanks to Pitchfork and WBEZ!

Many thanks to the folks at Pitchfork (those behind Nothing Major) and our friends at WBEZ for featuring Calumet 412 on their sites in the last couple of weeks!

http://nothingmajor.com/journal/707-calumet-412-tumblr-of-the-week/

http://wbez.tumblr.com/post/60961761375/chicago-tumbls-too-5-chicago-area-tumblrs-to-follow

Race discrimination in baseball , 1910, Chicago.

Race discrimination in baseball , 1910, Chicago.

The Morton Salt Company (in one form or another) has been based in Chicago since 1848.

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

A portion of Nikola Tesla’s “revolutionary” neon light display at the Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago

A portion of Nikola Tesla’s “revolutionary” neon light display at the Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago

In 1932, a DePaul scientist tried crossing a turkey with a chicken to create a turken. I don’t think this took off…
via Modern Mechanix

In 1932, a DePaul scientist tried crossing a turkey with a chicken to create a turken. I don’t think this took off…

via Modern Mechanix

Making footballs at Wilson Sporting Goods, 1955, Chicago.
Most Chicagoans don’t realize that the world’s largest (and official) supplier of most professional league sports has been based here in Chicago since 1913: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Sporting_Goods
Also, most of the leather used by Wilson is supplied by Horween Leather, the country’s oldest leather factory, located at Ashland and Elston: www.horween.com

Making footballs at Wilson Sporting Goods, 1955, Chicago.

Most Chicagoans don’t realize that the world’s largest (and official) supplier of most professional league sports has been based here in Chicago since 1913: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Sporting_Goods

Also, most of the leather used by Wilson is supplied by Horween Leather, the country’s oldest leather factory, located at Ashland and Elston: www.horween.com

I just finished Murder City: The Bloody History of Chicago in the Twenties by Michael Lesy, 2007.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this documentary style non-fiction book by the same author of the book with a cult following, Wisconsin Death Trip.
There are 17 chapters, each detailing a different murder case from Chicago in the twenties. Lesy also includes many photographs from the Chicago Daily News.
These aren’t your run-of-the-mill crimes though. Each one captured headlines in the city, and the world. Strange, gruesome and compelling, the stories arguably put into perspective how violent we view our city today.
I highly recommend it!

I just finished Murder City: The Bloody History of Chicago in the Twenties by Michael Lesy, 2007.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this documentary style non-fiction book by the same author of the book with a cult following, Wisconsin Death Trip.

There are 17 chapters, each detailing a different murder case from Chicago in the twenties. Lesy also includes many photographs from the Chicago Daily News.

These aren’t your run-of-the-mill crimes though. Each one captured headlines in the city, and the world. Strange, gruesome and compelling, the stories arguably put into perspective how violent we view our city today.

I highly recommend it!

Jays Potato Chips, 1949, Chicago. Wayne F. Miller
I still remember when potato chips were delivered in cans…

Jays Potato Chips, 1949, Chicago. Wayne F. Miller

I still remember when potato chips were delivered in cans…

I’ve just added an "ABOUT CALUMET 412" link to the page.

It addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about me and the blog.

Check it out and let me know if there’s anything you’d like for me to add.

Thanks!

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.

It’s smallpox season, 1894, Chicago