ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE BRICKS!!

 

THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME ….

Authentic relics of the golden years of gangsterdom are fast disappearing. Sometimes lost to time or just swallowed up in the secret collections of aficionados or hidden  institutional vaults, there is not a lot to collect that has a personal connection with the likes of a Capone or a major gangland incident. Most items on the market these days, if exhibiting such a cachet, are well beyond the financial reach of most hard working Americans.

 BUT NOW YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO ACQUIRE SUCH A RELIC.

  The most infamous crime of the beer turf wars of Prohibition was certainly the St. Valentine’s Day  Massacre on Chicago ’s north-side on February 14, 1929 . When seven “Bugs” Moran gang members were brutally shot down by Al Capone’s minion’s in a garage in a quiet residential neighborhood the entire nation paid attention. Seven dead in one incident made this the single bloodiest slaughter of the era. It would also forever tar Chicago as “Gangster capital of the United States .”

For years tourists and curiosity seekers would attempt to visit the former site of the S.M.C. Cartage Co. Garage at 2122 N. Clark Street . It would be to no avail. The later owners of the property would not allow the fabled massacre wall to be touched, let alone viewed.

Everything would change in 1967. Mayor Richard J. Daley, long a crusader against Chicago ’s gangland past, slated the historic building for destruction. A Chicago Housing Authority residential complex would soon arise on the block after wreckers carted off the physical remains of “Bugs Moran’s notorious safehouse.

But things did not go as planned in Boss Daley’s scheme to have Chicagoans forget about the past. Pieces of the building, highly prized bricks from the massacre wall, would carry the message of 1929 to new generations.

Promoter George Patey would purchase some 400 bricks from the building’s demolition company and use them as a promotion in his club in Canada . Eventually these were sold off individually on the internet at $800 each. Patey died a few years ago and all of his bricks are believed to have been dispersed.

Another 200 or so would wind up in the collection of Jan “US 30 Dragstrip” Gabriel, Chicago area auto racing promoter and gangster buff. These are no longer available.

A third cache was collected by the long time Chicago bar owner and historical memorabilia dealer, Mike Johnson. This final holding is the only surviving population of massacre wall bricks currently available on the retail market.

After collecting these bricks in 1967, Johnson quietly held onto them and eventually took them with him out-of-state when he retired eight years ago. He has now decided to sell the bricks as collector items to the savvy gangster buffs and investors who are prepared to act.  

A GENUINE ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE WALL BRICK IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR STILL ONLY $800.00.

These bricks will come with a signed letter of authenticity and a small plaque. They are sure to be the centerpiece of your  Chicago true crime or gangster  collection.

Remember, this is the last remaining quantity of such bricks in today’s marketplace. Once these final bricks are sold, there will be no more left. There were only three large holdings of bricks and a scattering of individual bricks ever in collector’s hands.

As a long-time friend and associate, I have been asked to assist Mike Johnson in getting these bricks into collector’s hands. Mike is currently planning on retirement in Europe, so time is short.

THE TOTAL POPULATION OF MASSACRE WALL BRICKS NEVER NUMBERED MORE THAT AROUND 800.  FEWER THAN THAT SURVIVE TODAY.

IF A RARE STAMP OR COIN WAS AVAILABLE IN SUCH A LIMITED NUMBER, IT WOULD CATALOG AT MULTIPLE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE.

 *** Buy now or bid to even  higher prices in the future auctions or on ebay!

 CALL RICHARD T. CROWE TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR BRICK.

DAYS (708) 499-0300.

 Only $800 each.  Installment plans available.

 (Note: These bricks are the genuine “ Chicago Common” or “ Chicago Pink” bricks that were manufactured from the days immediately after the Chicago Fire of 1871 to the First World War period. There is a distinctive look to them. I have handled specimens of bricks from many sources and can attest that the bricks being offered here are genuine.

Collectors’ bricks are becoming quite popular these days. I own a prisoner-made brick from the wall at Sing Sing Prison in NY as well as a brick from the notorious Civil War Libby Prison of Richmond , VA.

Without doubt the godfather of collecting architectural artifacts of this nature was the Chicago Tribune’s Col. Robert McCormick. Today the Tribune Tower ’s outer wall is studded with bits of history such as pieces of the Alamo , the Parthenon, the GPO Dublin, the Giza Pyramid, the Great Wall of China , and many dozens more. BUT THERE IS NO ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE BRICK in the Tribune Tower façade!)

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