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Vanishing Flapper presentation on Saturday, July 5th

On Saturday, July 5th, I’ll be giving a talk on Lillian Collier, The Vanishing Flapper, whose mysterious whereabouts post 1924 were finally uncovered this spring.  The talk will be to promote my new Chronicles of Old Chicago book, a general interest Chicago History book that I did for Museyon Press and is out this week!

Lillian was the flapper whose tea room, The Wind Blew Inn, was raided by cops after complaints about petting parties and loud blues music. A judge sentenced her to read a book of fairy tales to cure her bohemianism. A year or two later she appeared in a widely circulated article claiming that flappers represented a new era of freedom and opportunity for women. After the article, though, she vanished from the record. It’s only been recently established that she changed her name and began writing plays and mystery novels. She was one of Chicago’s great “unsolved mysteries” for some time, and was the subject of several recent posts here.

The free talk will be at 2pm at Centuries and Sleuths bookstore, 7419 W. Madison Street, in Forest Park, IL (just a few doors down from the Brown Cow, a really good ice cream place).  I’ll record it for an upcoming podcast!

Above: an unflattering shot of Lillian and a better one of the still-mysterious Virginia Harrison, who was Lillian’s “aid” in March of 1922, but was the chief suspect when an arsonist torched Lillian’s place the next month.
above: Lillian at a costume part at the Dil Pickle, from the Newberry Library’s Dil Pickle collection

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