Municipal Reference Library Notes
November 16, 1921
The Chicago Police Department publishes a monthly magazine know as Main 13, which is the telephone number of the Department. The current issue is the fourth number of the first volume. It is a credible publication, typographically pleasing, with a colored cover and many illustrations within its 36 pages. It is “devoted to news of the Police Department and articles of interest to the policeman and his family.” There are technical articles by competent writers, statistics of the department’s work, hints for the housewives, and a section devoted to the men who receive “creditable mention.” All city employees may consult “Main 13” in this Library. They will enjoy reading it.
First issue of Main 13
Main 13 was the official organ of the Chicago Police Department and was published between 1921 and 1923. It was a monthly magazine devoted to news of the Police Department and articles of interest to the policeman and his family.
Named for the phrase a caller would give a telephone operator in order to be connected to the police, Main 13 was one inexpensive means for Police Commissioner Charles C. Fitzmorris—a former newspaperman and City Hall insider—to lift the morale of a besieged department and to boost its public image.
The magazine was run out of City Hall by Jack Lait, a renowned Chicago newspaperman who later came to coauthor the City Confidential guides, and Fred Drake, the business manager of Good Housekeeping. Each issue included a “Home Beat” section for “the women of policemen’s families,” featuring recycled home economics articles on such topics as delicious vegetables and the ways that the French use leftovers. Other features—on subjects including how to best state a case in court, how to care for police horses, and how to best use tear gas—had the cheery, instructional feel of Good Housekeeping.
The magazine’s name changed to Police 1313 in 1923 and 1940 was the last year the magazine, a pre-curser to the now defunct Chicago Police Star Magazine, was published.
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Chicago Tribune, July 7, 1921
Girl Locked in Office Is First to Try Her Emergency Number—
It Worked O. K.
Police 1313, the new emergency number to summon our constabulary was given its first tryout Tuesday night, and found O. K. Muss Josephine Trialo, 364 Townsend street, was the caller. No yegg, dip, or bandit person was responsible. She had merely been locked in an office at 317 West Adams street, and wanted to go home.
Chicago Tribune, October 10, 1930
POLICE MAGAZINE SOLICITOR FACES CHARGES TODAY
Walter Wright, editor of the police magazine. Police 1313, is to appear in the Felony court today to aid prosecution of Joseph Hirsch, 26 years old, 2302 North Long avenue, a solicitor for the publication, who is charged with obtaining money under pretenses. The arrest was made after an inquiry conducted by the Policemen’s Benevolent association. Hirsch Is accused of having posed as a policeman in getting advertisements. Wright said he would assist prosecution of Hirsch.