August 22, 2008
Gangs, Capone, Murder, OH MY!
The Digitized Book of the Week from the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is Chicago Gang Wars in Pictures: X Marks the Spot (c1930])(Internet Archive location here.)Those rough and tumble gangland scamps are not really my cup of gin, but I did glance through the book and, for those interested in the period, it will, no doubt, be fascinating. Cautionary note, though. This is one graphic book that does not hold back on photos of recently deceased gentlemen of questionable reputation.
That being said, this is the perfect lead in to an extensive website (understatement) dedicated to Al Capone.
The site is My Al Capone Museum. It is the online Capone collection of Canadian Mario Gomes a self-professed Capone-aholic.
Want to see a brick from the wall of the garage where the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place? He's got it. Curious about Capone's telephone or bathroom tile? Look no further. Where was Capone buried and then reburied? He's got it all. Gomes has been working on his hobby/collection/passion/obsession for many years. The man even has a Capone tattoo! Capone may not be of primary interest, but I totally respect Gomes work. Check it out.
One last thing. While I am not so interested in the Capone era, I am interested in Hinky Dink and Bathhouse John, the notorious First Ward Aldermen. You have to see Bryan Lloyd's two detailed maps of the Levee District.
There are actually two versions of the site: The original site can be found here. The new and improved (so the collector claims) is located here. You judge.