Eastland Disaster Premonitions

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Eastland disaster of 1915; we’re featuring posts on it all week Even with my general skepticism about paranormal stories, one belief – or half belief- that’s stayed with me is the idea that when people are about to die, a part of them knows it. Think of Read More…

Some Eastland Editorial Cartoons, 1915

In the wake of the Eastland disaster, a hundred years ago this week, lots of fingers were pointed, though nothing ever really came of the hearings and investigations. No one was ever really held responsible, though making the guilty pay was a major theme from editorial cartoons of the day.  Here are some examples from the Read More…

Mistaken Identities at the Eastland Morgues

Workers set up arc lights to continue searching for bodies on the night of July 24, 1915, when the Eastland capsized.From the Chicago Examiner of July 25, 1915 From the Chicago Journal of 7/26/1915.We’ll be posting many photos from defunct papers on Friday. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Eastland disaster, in which a badly-oversold boat Read More…

More Eastland Footage

A Springfield, IL theatre ad from July 31, just a week afterthe disaster. I’m endlessly fascinated with how theatresoften showed footage on the bill with Chaplin films.The Mutual Co. version was apparently not consideredby the Chicago censors. More Eastland Disaster footage has been found in a Pathe newsreel digitized by a British firm. This is Read More…