Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Louis Lingg Goes Out with a Bang

Nov
10
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Condemned for a crime he (probably) did not commit, Louis Lingg escaped the hangman’s noose when he chose to eat it. Literally. He blew a blasting cap in his mouth.

Lingg was one of the eight anarchists who were …

Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century

Oct
27

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The Art Institute of Chicago will exhibit Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century. Stieglitz helped to elevate photography to fine art and contributed to the Pictorialist movement.

Born on January 1, 1864, Stieglitz was educated among the New …

Over She Goes!

Oct
20

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Going over Niagara Falls in a barrel doesn’t sound like a secure retirement plan, but it was the course of action for trendsetter Anne Edison Taylor. On October 24, 1901, her 63rd birthday, the daredevil plunged into the Niagara …

Remember Haymarket!

Sep
01

Haymarket Monument

On Tuesday May 4, 1886, workers striking for an eight-hour day gathered at Haymarket Square in Chicago. A bomb went off, seven cops were killed and seven anarchists were sentenced to death. A combination of a partisan judge and a …

The Wingfoot Air Express Disaster

Jul
21

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Some twenty years prior to the Hindenburg, Chicago had its own airship disaster. Thirteen people were killed and twenty-six were injured when the Wingfoot Air Express dirigible crashed into the Illinois Trust and Savings Building.

On July 21, 1919, the …

The Lager Beer Riot

Apr
16

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Raise a glass to the Lager Beer Riot! It exposed a strain of bigotry that ran through the Temperance movement and opened doors to recreation.

In the 1840s, Chicago’s population expanded with the influx in immigrants. Irish escaped the Great

Ray Johnson: Friend of the White City

Apr
14

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Author Ray Johnson is truly a friend of the White City. He provides free lectures and tours on Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition via The Friends of the White City. He was kind enough to answer a few questions …

What’s In a Name?

Apr
07

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In the April 1987  Locus Magazine  letters column, author K.W. Jeter coined the term steampunk.…

The Day There Were No Cops

Mar
24

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On March 22, 1861, Mayor “Long John” Wentworth fired the whole Chicago police force.

To see how this occurred, it’s necessary to review a little history of the Chicago Police Department and the relationship that Wentworth shared with it.

Before …

Do You Want a Taste of the Whip?

Mar
10


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In these times of fifty shades of media saturation, credit is due to the author whose name inspired the term masochism, Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch. His name and proclivities were used as examples in the early psychiatric community, but his …