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#100YearsAgoToday Mme. X of the Chicago Tribune’s society pages offered a new, vital angle on the upcoming Republican National Convention in Chicago: whom the local women were supporting. According to Mme. X., women began receiving “recognition...from party bosses” not necessarily because of the suffrage movement, but as a “result of the important part played by women in our five Liberty Loan drives” - i.e., because they could fundraise.
Her list of which of the Chicago “beau monde” were supporting each of the various top four candidates is full of Lake Foresters, including Mrs. George A. McKinlock and Mrs. Tiffany Blake for Illinois Governor Frank Lowden; Mrs. Arthur Meeker and Mrs. Alfred Granger for General Leonard Wood; Mrs. Cyrus H. McCormick and Mrs. John V. Farwell (among many) for Herbert Hoover; and Mrs. Eleanor Gizycka (Cissy Patterson) for Senator Hiram Johnson of California. (No one, of course, is listed for eventual dark-horse compromise candidate Warren G. Harding.) [Source: Chicago Tribune, June 6, 1920]
#100YearsAgoTodayThe newspapers were full of the upcoming Republican National Convention, which would be held June 8-12 at the Chicago Coliseum. Harris Trust & Savings Bank ran this ad in the Tribune touting Chicago’s unrivaled reputation as a political convention host city. This 1920 convention would be the 14th occasion in which one of the two major national parties came to Chicago to choose their nominee.
(One hundred years later, Chicago has hosted major party conventions more than twice as often as the second place city - 25 times. The last Chicago Republican convention was in 1960; the last Democratic one was 1996.)
Last week's favorites:
Sue Renz Fox: "Married with Children, Al Bundy. This man looks just as confused!"
Jennifer Schneiderman: "Who ate Soupy Sales?"
Jerry Schneider: "Does this sweater make my head look small?"
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