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September 27, 1933


* Michigan City, Indiana prison break
* Bank robber John Dillinger connection
* George Machine Gun Kelly
* Captured in Memphis Tennessee
* Prohibition & great depression era

The front page has a nice banner headline: "FLEEING FELONS FACE TRAP" with subheads. Lengthy 1st report coverage continues on page 2 with photos of the escapees. (see) Three related photos are on the back  page.
The top of the page 4 has a one column heading: "GUNMAN KELLY, CAUGHT, WILL BE RUSHED TO TRIAL" with subhead. (see)
When it comes to gangsters, organized crime, and the nefarious activities born out of the Prohibition and Great Depression eras, no city is more in the forefront of our minds than Chicago - and what better newspaper can be found than the Chicago Tribune, self-proclaimed to be "The World's Greatest Newspaper" - attributed in part to its dramatic, banner headlines! Whether hanging on your wall or part of an ongoing collection, these events are sure to capture the flavor of this infamous period in American history.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 32 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. Nice condition. A few small binding holes along the spine.

wikipedia notes: Michigan City is known for having housed two famous inmates during its tenure. John Dillinger spent time in Michigan City from 1929 until he was paroled in 1933. A few months after Dillinger made parole, on September 26, ten inmates, including Harry Pierpont, Charles Makley, Russell Lee Clarke and Ed Shouse, escaped thanks to the help of three pistols Dillinger had smuggled into the prison.

Category: The 20th Century