Friday, April 23, 2010

The Trouble is Just Begun

Crown Fountain

I just began reading The Devil in the White City, a book I picked up via Bookmooch. I don't know why I never started reading it before. Given the focus on Chicago history you'd have thought I would but I've never really taken to true crime stories. The first thirty pages or so cover more about Chicago architecture than anything else and that I did enjoy. Here is what Chauncey Depew says of Chicago, as quoted in the book:
Chicago is like the man who marries a woman with a ready-made family of twelve. The trouble is just begun."
The book itself relates to the 1893 World's Fair which took place just walking distance from my house. Unfortunately there is little left of the site but a museum, a park and a lagoon or two but reading about Chicago over a century ago is a lot of fun. We'll have to see how I feel about the murderous bits. Here is a 1919 postcard to put us in the mood for Chicago architecture.

Monroe Street, Looking West


Dorincard said...

Interesting blog, on the functional /minimalist side...
"because there never can be enough vacation" - I like you already! :)

Terry said...

Happy PFF to you .
What a fabulous postcard.
Thank you for shairng and I do hope that you enjoy the rest of your book.
Thank you for sharing with us today .
Have a great weekend.
Happy Trails

CafebyJW said...

Such a beautiful building!

Clytie said...

What beautiful architecture! I hope those building still stand ...

Love the quote about Chicago ... hence the title of your post! Too funny.

Happy PFF!

Sheila said...

I hope you enjoy the book. I always like books set in a definite location, rather than one which might as well be anywhere.

Linda said...

My husband loved that book, and it's on my list, too. I feel the same about NYC history, it will hook me in a minute if it's part of a well-told story.

SJ said...

I love you recent posting of antique postcards! I have a rather large collection of them that I have been selling one by one on ebay. I have scanned them all and have hopes of turning some of my favorite ones into greeting cards.