Tag Archives: Ben Reitman

Touring “really ‘slummy’ places” with the ladies from Gary

Like other urban spectacles, the places and personalities associated with Bohemia were popular tourist destinations.  In this series of letters, a group of women from Gary, Indiana, arrange with Ben Reitman for a “sociological tour” of Chicago’s underworld.  By 1940, … Continue reading

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A glimpse inside the Dill Pickle Club

Chicago Daily Tribune, March 31, 1919, p. 17. WELL, LOOK WHO HAS COME BACK, AND WHAT FOR! Parker H. Sercombe, “exponent of right living,” remembered for his run-in with the school board, returned to Chicago last night and appeared before … Continue reading

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Flowing black ties and wavy hair to match

This post begins a series of documents on Chicago open forums in honor of the annual Bughouse Square Debates. Chicago Daily Tribune, November 12, 1916, p. 4 “REDS” RECALL HANGING WITH SOCIAL EVENT Meeting at East End Hall Attended by … Continue reading

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