Tuesday, June 05, 2018

1931 Chicago Gangland Map



Chicago has a long history of organized crime and was once home to the infamous Al Capone. On February 14, 1929 gunfire erupted on Clark Street in what became known as the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” leaving seven people dead. At that time, there were 63 gang-related murders a year and there was a huge public outcry against the violence.

A 1931 map by an unknown Chicago cartographer shows the city during that infamous period, riddled with corrupt police, incompetent detectives, drunken fish and hiccuping bootleggers.


The map is on sale for £20,000 from Daniel Crouch Rare Books at the London Map Fair, which takes place on June 9 and 10.

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