Classic October 2004
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Listed on the cover of this small matchbook is literally a "who's who" of legendary celebrities and gangsters during the prohibition era. The matchbook, from "Jim Colosimo's Cafe" in Chicago, features legendary singer Al Jolson as the headline entertainer, backed by famed composer Isham Jones' band, and also lists the incomparable nightclub queen, Texas Guinan, as the M.C. As noted on the bottom of the lid, the nightclub is managed by one, Al Capone. The reverse of the matchbook urges patrons to "Vote For 'Big Bill' Thompson" for Mayor of Chicago. This scarce matchbook remains in pristine Mint condition, looking just as it did some 80 years ago, and is undoubtedly one of the finest examples extant. Jim Colosimo was one of Chicago's biggest underworld figures at the start of prohibition, having made his money as a pimp. The Colosimo Cafe, which was owned by him, was the top night spot in Chicago, regularly patronized by numerous stars and celebrities including Enrico Caruso and Clarence Darrow. When Capone first arrived in Chicago he went to work for Johnny Torrio, his mentor from Brooklyn, who inherited "Big Jim's" criminal empire after he was assassinated in 1920. A rare and impeccable memento relating to Capone's early criminal career.
Al Capone "Jim Colosimo's Cafe" Matchbook in Mint Condition
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