I am pleased to hand over my blog today to Vickie Hall, who was kind enough to share the places that have inspired her latest literary release Secrets Of The Red Box.
The book takes place from 1945 to 1950, so even though I remembered a lot about Omaha, I wasn't around during that time period (despite how old I feel some mornings). I use the internet for a tremendous amount of my research, and am a stickler for historical detail. I came across the most fabulous item I think I've ever found - someone had scanned the entire Checker Cab Directory to Omaha, dated 1948. It listed all the addresses of every major office building, hospitals, schools, parks, and business you could imagine, not to mention apartment buildings and residential streets! So, not only could I validate what existed where during the time period, much of it still existed when I lived there. The guide also influenced where my characters went: The Rome Hotel, The Rose Buidling, Ak-Sar-Ben Ballroom, The Vineyard Cafe, downtown Omaha, and many others. I hope you enjoy the picutres!
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