A Friday the 13th party in 1940

Anti Superstition 1940D

Anti Superstition 1940B

Tomorrow is the first Friday the 13th of 2012. To celebrate, LIFE.com posted a terrific gallery of photos from a "Friday the 13th Party" that took place December 13, 1940, in Room 13 at the Merchants & Manufacturers Club of Chicago. "Chicago's Anti-Superstition Society, 1940"


  1. I suppose superstition must have been a big problem, there are quite a few important people there. Lieutenant-governor-elect of Illinois, vice president of Pullman co. and  head of the Chicago district of the Secret Service acting like 8 year olds who just discovered there’s no Santa? I guess old white men had more fun back then.

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