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Nacho Was Here: Chicago Gang Calling Cards

Chicago gangs of the '70s and '80s carried calling cards. There were no numbers or addresses, just a crude logo and a list of crewmembers with names like Nacho, Sun Down, Bubbles, Sir Lazy, and Lil Bear. The blog We Are Supervision features a rich selection. Here's a sampling:

Gang Cards: Bishops

Gang Cards: Almighty

 

Source: We Are Supervision 

(Thanks, Coudal)

nataly
9/25/2009 11:28:39 AM

Wow! Thanks a lot for the resource! I believe these cards have a very long history. It seems to me everything that is written on them has its meaning. Maybe Vincent was the head of the gang. Well, I'm writting now and thinking of the film Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford I've seen (if you haven't watched it you can download it at the files search engine http://rapid4me.com ). The life of the gang is not as good as one can think at first.