Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Lighthouse Books, ABAA 1735 First Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 United States (727) 822-3278
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Happy birthday, Machine Gun Kelly
It is the birthday of notorious Depression-era desperado Machine Gun Kelly (1895), who is most famous for kidnapping an oil tycoon in Oklahoma City and extracting $200,000 ransom. Kelly's third wife (and partner in crime) gave him a Thompson submachine gun and gave him the nickname. She made a project of building his reputation, though until the kidnapping he was a minor criminal, part of the wave of midwestern bank robberies during the Great Depression. Kelly's undoing was his alert kidnap victim, who was blindfolded but remembered sounds that gave authorities clues about where he was held and left fingerprints to establish his presence there. Kelly was sentenced to life in prison and died in Leavenworth in 1954. Kelly's son from his first marriage, Bruce Barnes, wrote Machine Gun Kelly: To Right a Wrong (1992).
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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