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1928 Pineapple Primary in Chicago... gangland...



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April 11, 1928

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 11, 1928

* Pineapple Primary in Chicago
* William Hale Thompson - Big Bill
* Gangster era elections - corruption

The top of the front page has a three column headline: "THOMPSON MACHINE BEATEN IN ILLINOIS; SMALL AND SMITH ROUTED, CROWE LOSES; SHOOTINGS AND KIDNAPPINGS IN CHICAGO" with many subheads. (see) First report coverage on the primary election in Gangster infested Chicago, Illinois at the height of government corruption there. Lengthy text continues on page 2 with related photo.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 60 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. A few small binding slits along the spine, very nice condition.

wikipedia notes: The Pineapple Primary was the name given to a Republican primary election held in Chicago on April 10, 1928; more than 60 bombs were thrown during the campaign and at least two politicians were killed. The name derives from the slang use of "pineapple" to refer to a hand grenade.

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