I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.—Lord Edward Dunsany

Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads is a small, not-for-profit publisher with specialties in history, mythology, culinary lore, and the preservation of folk traditions.


Images

Historic Images of Uptown Chicago

We are pleased to announce that many of the historic postcard images from our collection are now available as enlargements, suitable for framing. All images are printed on 8 x 10 photo paper.

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DVDs

Uptown: Portrait of a Palace

Uptown: Portrait of a Palace

A Film by John Pappas and Michael Bisberg

Progenitor of the largest U.S. movie palaces of the mid-to-late 1920s, the Uptown Theatre, Chicago, operated profitably and survived several shifts in entertainment and public taste before closing in 1981. Since then, the closed colossus has been one of the biggest mysteries of Chicago’s North Side. Though the Uptown is a popular favorite venue for generations of Chicagoans and a City landmark since 1991, it is increasingly threatened by its disuse and real-estate speculation.

The film explores the history of the Uptown Theatre and why the largest and one of the most elaborate theatres in the nation has been left vacant for 25 years. It uses interviews with eight sources close to the theatre and breathtaking footage from inside the rarely seen venue to invite the viewer to question what is really important in a society fueled by money and private interest.

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Books

Cradle Cruise: A Navy Bluejacket Remembers Life Aboard the USS Trever During World War II

by Lon P. Dawson

From the Author:

The term “Cradle Cruise” was US Navy slang designating the enlistment of a recruit who was less than eighteen years of age. It extended to his 21st birthday, rather than the specified four- to six-year hitch. In my case, it amounted to four years, five months, fourteen days, and four hours. It was the most memorable, happiest, and certainly the most formative period of my life.

This book is an account of how I came to join the United States Navy and my personal recollections of my experiences and observations as a Bluejacket. Admittedly, it is fictionalized to some extent for the sake of story-telling, and for reasons of confidentiality. Comments of individuals have been paraphrased, and some people are composites of the many men and women I came to know. There will, I suppose, be those who will read this book and think to recognize themselves. Others may not. It is their choice some fifty years after it all took place.

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E-Books

Also Known As Albert D.J. Cashier: The Jennie Hodgers Story, or How One Young Irish Girl Joined the Union Army During the Civil War

Also Known As Albert D.J. Cashier: The Jennie Hodgers Story, or How One Young Irish Girl Joined the Union Army During the Civil War

by Lon P. Dawson

Also Known As Albert D.J. Cashier is an account of the life of an Irish immigrant girl, Jennie Hodgers, who came to the United States in the years following the Great Potato Famine. She served for three years in the 95th Illinois Infantry of the Union army under the name Albert Cashier and fought in the battles of Nashville, Mobile, and Vicksburg. No one ever guessed that she was really a woman, and accounts by her fellow comrades indicate that they just assumed Albert was a small, somewhat shy man. In the years following the Civil War, Jennie took on the life of a bachelor and worked a number of jobs from janitor to handyman. Her secret was not discovered until the early 1900s, when an automobile accident broke her leg and she needed medical attention. Based on historical records, Also Known As Albert D.J. Cashier is a fascinating story of a most amazing woman.

Lon P. Dawson is the author of Now Listen Up: An Anthology of Service Memories; A Promise Kept: The Story of the Illinois Veterans Home; the soon-to-be-published military cookbook Culinary Campaign and the e-book autobiography Cradle Cruise: A Navy Bluejacket Remembers Life Aboard the USS Trever During World War II.

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Balaban and Katz Magazine.

Balaban and Katz produced a weekly magazine for distribution in their Chicago-area theatres.

Facsimile Edition of 1925 “Balaban and Katz Magazine” on Uptown Theatre

We were lucky enough to pick up at auction the August 17, 1925 edition of Balaban and Katz Magazine. We’ve created a facsimile copy of the magazine so you can see all of the original articles and advertisements celebrating the opening of this flagship Chicago movie palace.

We are offering this particular e-Book as a free download. Simply follow the link below.

Walter W. Ahlschlager.

Walter W. Ahlschlager was the creative genius behind many Uptown buildings.

Facsimile of “The Work of Walter W. Ahlschlager” from 1921

You may not know his name, but if you live in Uptown, Chicago you have certainly seen his work. Walter W. Ahlschlager was the architect who designed the elaborate terracotta Broadway Building (now undergoing a major restoration), the Sheridan-Plaza Hotel at Wilson and Sheridan, and the Sovereign Hotel at Kenmore and Granville. (He is also responsible for New York’s famous Roxy Theatre.) We found an article on Ahlschlager in a 1921 issue of American Builder and have created a facsimile copy. Included are advertisements from the major contractors involved in Ahlschlager’s hotel projects, including Dutch Boy, which supplied the white lead paint—oh how times have changed! Filled with great photos and original floorplans, it’s sure to please.

We are offering this particular e-Book as a free download. Simply follow the link below.

Facsimile of a 1920s Brochure for the Edgewater Beach Hotel

The Edgewater Beach Hotel was a Chicago landmark—a fabulous beach resort on the shores of Lake Michigan at Sheridan and Foster. For fifty years it was the place to be seen. In its time, everyone stayed there and everyone danced on the glorious Beach Walk. We have created a facsimile of an original 1920s brochure filled with photos of the restaurants, beach, and dance floors of this amazing hotel.

We are offering this particular e-Book as a free download. Simply follow the link below.

Blogging

Visit the Uptown History Blog!

We’ve joined the blog revolution and have started a new blog that focuses on the history of the Uptown Chicago neighborhood. Go to Uptown Chicago History to learn more.


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