The Public Dance Halls of Chicago

A few months ago, there was a link on Gapers Block to scans at the Library of Congress of a 1917 pamphlet by the Juvenile Protective Association of Chicago titled “The Public Dance Halls of Chicago”. The short pamphlet is a treasure trove of glimpses into Chicago life of a century ago, turn-of-the-century-moralizing, and the-more-things-change-the-more-they-stay-the-same. Such a treasure trove, I decided, that I didn’t want it to languish in graphic-only format, so in a fit of OCD civic enthusiasm I OCRed the whole thing. (I also made a PDF, if you want to download the original, but don’t want to download 13 individual TIFFs from the LOC.)

1 Comment so far

  1. briantologist (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

    Man, that pamphlet is terrific! “In these same halls obscene language is permitted and even the girls among the habitues carry on indecent conversations, using much profanity, while the less sophisticated girls stand around listening, scandalized but fascinated.”

    This totally made my afternoon.

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