The Great Outdoors: Illinois Conservation Magazine

Many state agencies and departments publish, or published, their own newsletters, bulletins and other periodicals. These can be fun to browse because they include information and pictures that aren’t often available elsewhere.  The Illinois Department of Conservation’s Illinois Conservation magazine focused on hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. The early issues in particular were more…
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Making a List: Historical Holiday Shopping

Long before Cyber Monday, folks who didn't live close enough to a city to visit shopping districts downtown would order their holiday gifts through the mail using paper catalogs. If they were ordering those presents between around 1870 and 1920, it's likely they were ordering from a Chicago company. In 1872, just after the Great Chicago Fire, A. Montgomery Ward's…
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Absolutely Fireproof: The Iroquois Theater Fire of 1903

  Nearly 114 years ago, Chicago experienced the worst theater fire in U.S. history. The burning of the Iroquois Theater claimed the lives of over 600 patrons, a tragic number that even exceeds the estimated 250 lives lost in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Beautiful, lavishly designed and deemed “absolutely fireproof”, the ill-fated Iroquois Theater…
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