Map of the day

Source – Jason Kottke

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A map of Chicago’s Gangland circa 1931

The map was published in 1931 by Bruce-Roberts, Inc. of the Chicago gang locations showing Little Italy, Little Sicily, Cicero, Capone Territory, Westside O’Donnell Territory, Stickney, Saltis Territory, Southside O’Donnell Territory, and Little Africa. “Designed to inculcate the most important principles of piety and virtue in young persons, and graphically portray the evils and sin of large cities.”

Numbers in red circles give the sequence of important events in Chicago’s gangland war. Insets include Mrs O’Leary’s cow, the lawyer running to spring his client, an armoured car, bootleggers stealing wheels from prohibition cars, machine gunners arriving from Detroit, World’s Fair grounds of 1933, police tipping over a speakeasy, and “gangland dictionary”.

Al Capone looms large over the map; he was arrested for tax evasion that year and sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.

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