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In the post-World War II era, developers built many houses. Having made the statement about typical development, Fidencio and Margaret show how Melrose Park developed its own character. I was particularly struck by Chapter Five: Food, Fun, and Festivals, which shows among other things 1 Kiddieland Amusement Park, a small local amusement business that bucked economic and cultural trends to survive over many decades, and 2 the community's long-running Festa della Madonna with its Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel procession and the display of icons in yards.

I also think Chapter Six about the Palm Sunday Twister, a highly destructive tornado in , and Chapter Seven, showing and scenes, are particularly compelling. My library is fortunate to have a special fund that helps us get local history publications.

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We have gotten quite a few of the Chicago and suburban Image of America titles which not only help history fair students but also resonate with our long time residents. The quality of editing of these titles sometimes varies. Maybe having reference librarians involved is an especially good thing, as Melrose Park is one of the best of the series that I have seen. What other titles are by librarians?

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Marbella, Fidencio and Margaret Flanagan. Melrose Park. Arcadia Publishing, ISBN Labels: book reviews , history , local history , nonfiction , photography. Newer Post Older Post Home.

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Close proximity to Chicago and the coming of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad ensured that Melrose Park became a center for manufacturing and heavy industry. Major companies including Benjamin Moore, International Harvester, and the National Malleable Castings Company built plants here, and the town was also known as the headquarters for Polk Brothers.

Entertainment and leisure activities have been an important part of life in Melrose Park too. Kiddieland Amusement Park was built in , quickly becoming a popular destination for Chicago area families, and the town was also home to classic movie theaters, the North Avenue Rollerway, and the Come Back Inn, a popular local restaurant.

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Melrose Park, with over vintage images—including scenes from the devastating Palm Sunday twister—provides a vivid illustration of the evolution of Melrose Park over the past century plus. Join Fidencio Marbella and Margaret Flanagan in this pictorial tour of the town's past.