Flappers and Gangsters
Flappers, gangsters, Boardwalk Empire...everything I love from the 1920s, and more.
Meyer Lansky, Al Capone, Enoch “Nucky” Johnson and friends walking the boards, Atlantic City. April, 1929 [800 x 580]
Murder, Inc. - Meyer Lansky
Arnold Rothstein aka "The Big Bankroll" aka "The Brain"
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (February 28, 1906 – June 20, 1947) was an American gangster who was involved with the Genovese crime family. Siegel was known to be mercurial and ruthless with associates. Because of his notoriously quick and violent temper, he was one of the most "infamous and feared gangsters of his day". On June 20 1947 as he sat reading the LA Times he was shot through the window several times. No one was ever charged with his murder.
Meyer Lansky developed a gambling empire which stretched from Saratoga, New York to Miami to Council Bluffs, Iowa and Las Vegas; it is also said that he oversaw gambling concessions in Cuba. Although a member of the Jewish Mob, Lansky undoubtedly had strong influence with the Italian Mafia and played a large role in the consolidation of the criminal underworld (although the full extent of this role has been the subject of some debate).
John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. - An American bank robber of German descent in the Depression-era United States. He was charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana police officer during a shoot-out. This was his only alleged homicide, and was likely not his actions. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice.
You can love the life your livin', you can live the life you like, you can even marry harry, and mess around with Ike! And that's good,isn't it grand, isn't it great, isn't it swell, isn't it fun, isn't it- but nothing stays! In fifty years or so, it's gonna change you know, but oh its heaven, NOWADAYS!
Roxy Hart and Velma Kelly in Chicago, the movie
Pale, proper lovers. Matthew & Mary.