Monday, May 13, 2013
PALMER, POTTER: Retail Pioneer (c) By Polly Guerin
LOVE UNDER FIRE Such a story is worth historical reverence and to this end Corn Bred Films has set the record straight about the lives of Bertha and Potter Palmer, one of the first and foremost power couples in the United States. Corn Bred film’s new 30 minute documentary film, LOVE UNDER FIRE, tells the epic love story between young socialite Bertha Honore and Potter Palmer, a self-made man twenty years her senior. Their passion for Chicago, the city they loved is a riveting saga that reveals more than meets the eye. PALMER ARRIVES Potter Palmer came from upstate New York and was interested in retailing. He stopped off in Chicago a burgeoning Midwest town with mud roads but a growing community. Palmer saw opportunity and decided he wanted to be part of the city and prospered in real estate and retailing. At one point Palmer reached an elevated level of business social success, and when he was thirty-eight years old he was worth millions of dollars, a fine catch to say the least. Due to Palmer’s social ascendancy, he was invited to dinner at the home of real estate maven, where in her father house; Palmer met thirteen year old Bertha Honore, which would forever change his life.
PALMER HOTEL Bertha Honore was a remarkable woman, determined to succeed and did so when years later she married Potter Palmer. Palmer was a man of grand gestures and he built the Palmer Hotel as a wedding present for his bride. During the raging fire that destroyed Chicago in 1875 and the Palmer Hotel, Bertha seemingly rose from the ashes, a woman of great fortitude. She was the first woman to appear before Congress to petition the government for funds, and traveled throughout Europe, influencing royalty and industrialists. Palmer let Bertha shine in the limelight. She continued to be a great supporter of women’s education, wages and working conditions. This powerful couple’s story is breathtaking and illuminating as to how two people forged a legacy that makes them important figures in the historic documents of our country’s evolution into a great nation.
TO ENJOY THIS REMARKABLE STORY OF THE PAlMERS AND TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THE LOVE UNDER FIRE DVD CONTACT www.courtingbertha.com. Or call 708.359.2783,