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April 25, 2014

Blotto and Twinks’ Journey in Pictures

Of course, the Chicago of Blotto, Twinks and the Bootlegger’s Moll is pure fiction (or, rather, a tip of the hat to old gangster movies and a certain kind of American noir), but it made us wonder: What would a real journey from England to Chicago in the 1920s have looked like? Blotto and Twinks would have likely taken a luxury liner that looked very much like this to make the crossing from Southampton to New York:

Ocean liner

Where they would have dined in a room like this:

SS Paris First Class Dining Room

They would have boarded a train bound for Chicago; quite likely The 20th Century:


When they arrived in Chicago, this is what they would have seen:


And while Simon Brett made up the slang, the real gangsters of 1920s Chicago might well have gotten blottoed (not to be confused with our noble hero, despite his affection for a stiff drink) at the juice joint, though probably not on a St. Louis Steamhammer, alas.

Want to read more about real 1920s slang? Check out these websites, and take our slang quiz (answers at the bottom).



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