Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rumor Has It...

Back in the Prohibition Era, Chicago was home to many illegal speakeasies. John Barleycorn in Lincoln Park was a well known speakeasy regularly frequented by notorious bank robber John Dillinger.


Today, John Barleycorn's decorative door is surrounded by security cameras and door buzzers. Back in the 1920s and early 1930s, this door was boarded up, and John Barleycorn was disguised as a Chinese laundry.

The sale, production, transportation and importation of alcohol was strictly prohibited, so booze was snuck in underneath piles of dirty laundry.

Oh Pipkin! Look into those innocent eyes...who would have thought Pipkin capable of such dirty deeds?

The modern day John Barleycorn sells alcohol legally to those of drinking age, and you can find them at 658 W. Belden Ave.

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  1. !! I adore your blog -- thank you for keeping it up! I stumbled upon it today because I've been hunting for the Tiger Labbit 14". I started with a smaller plastic Labbit with the interchangeable pieces (bubble gum, ice cream, banana. Then I bought a 14" Cow Labbit. And a 7" Tiger Labbit. I wouldn't have known there is a Kid Robot in San Francisco without your site. I love your labbits -- the plush ones are soooo huggable I wouldn't know what to do with a 24" one!!

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    1. I just saw a 14" Tiger Labbit at Newbury Comics yesterday! Newbury Comics is a chain of comic/music/pop culture fun stuff in New England.

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