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August 20, 1936 – The biggest and best night club; elegant people

August 20, 1936 – The biggest and best night club; elegant people
Seneca Roof

Roof garden at the Seneca Hotel.

Trudel continues to translate only brief summaries of her original letters. The two entries she made for August 1936 only hint at the changes she had made in her life. But we can fill in some of the blanks from her photo album. Last month she mentioned sitting on the roof of the Seneca Hotel because it was so hot. Since posting that I found a photo of the Roof Garden at the Seneca in her album, which I have included here.

Although she doesn’t mention it in her translations, her photo album for the period includes photos on Chicago’s lake front and in the parks. I have included some of those as well.

The biggest and the best

Last night we went for the first time in the Chez Paree, the biggest and best nightclub here. Very elegant people, good dinner, excellent entertainment.

Chez Paree

The Chez Paree

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The most elegant people…

Best Club

Chez Paree

Sully sold her business. I would like to take over, but the hotel has to settle with her first.


Summer, 1936 — Sully’s Hat Shop

Summer Scenes – 1936

The rocks

Looking south toward Oak St. beach.


Between North Ave. and Oak St.

Oak St

Looking North from Oak St Beach

Trudel and friend

Trudel and friend at the beach

Jackson Park

Picnic in Jackson Park


Trudel takes a cool drink

Trudel in the Sun

Trudel with Parasol.


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