This blog is like a box of chocolates - you just never know what you are going to get.
Chicago's newspaper of record, the Chicago Tribune, recently published a list of the Most Important Days in Chicago History. The list begins, of course, with June 10, 1847, the day the "First Edition of the Chicago Tribune" was published. Each subsequent date has an accompaning story about the event by a Tribune journalist.
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Also in the Chicago Tribune yesterday was an update on the Belle Gunness mystery. "A century-old mystery: Did serial killer fake her death?" gives an update on the recent DNA analysis conducted to determine if Gunness, known as "Lady Bluebeard," really died in the fire at her 42-acre LaPorte, Indiana farm. Turns out, she probably didn't. Gunness murdered dozens of mostly Norwegian men, beginning with her husband Mads "Max" Albert Sorenson while the couple was living in Chicago.
Chicago's PBS station, WTTW, will be airing "The Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender" on Valentine's Day evening. This engaging documentary begins with how one of the nation's most important national treasures was born in a small Chicago kitchen in 1905 from the vision of Robert S. Abbott. The impact of the Chicago Defender on Chicago and the nation as a whole can not be over emphasized. Check your local PBS listings for the program's airing date and time in your area. (Please note additions to the "Black Chicago History" links in the right column.)
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The History Channel will again broadcast the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" documentary as its holiday treat. Ah, nothing says romance more than the brutal 1929 gangland shooting of seven Chicago mobsters in a warehouse on Clark Street by an even bigger Chicago mobster. For the two people left on the planet who are not familiar with this episode, visit Weird and Haunted Chicago or Wikipedia for more information.
Here is a follow-up article on the Chicago Daily News literary and book sections I spoke of in earlier posts: Harry Hansen's Literary Career by William Roba. Hansen(1884-1977)was the Daily News literary editor so Henry Sell served under him.
The Chicago Auto Show is 100 - not years old; 100 events. The show was not held after the 1941 Show until 1950. It was bumped because of World War II.
A small advertisement posted in a 1901 Chicago Tribune newspaper entertainment section, promoted the first official Chicago Auto Show. Held March 23-30, the event filled the Coliseum, which was located on Wabash Ave., between 15th and 16th Streets. There were 65 firms that displayed vehicles and accessories, with opening night attendance estimated between 2,000 and 6,000.
The Chicago Auto Show website has a section on the event's history.
Would a postcard do? For those interested in Chicago history and related ephemera, Old Chicago The History and Architecture of Chicago, Illinois: A Tour Of The City in Vintage Postcards is the best. There is much more than just pictures of postcards on the site and we are reminded of the many significant architectural treasures that have been lost. Also of note is The Chicago Postcard Museum. The site features two slideshows of the Columbian Exposition and some helpful information for those interested in collecting cards. Postcards. Who knew?
Thus ends my little piece of Valentine's Day fluff. I have no doubt lost what little credibility I had, but not to worry. I'll be back to the serious business of Chicago's history soon. Promise. Hey, can't I have a little fun?
Valentine Photo: DN-0002096, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum. Ca. 1904