No. 494
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
October 24, 2020

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Tag: Women

Slid Down the Firemen’s Pole.

How a plucky New Brunswick, N. J., girl won a wager from one of her doubting companions.

4/30/2018

The Enlargement of Woman's Sphere.

A few possibilities of the day when all masculine employments are open to women.

9/11/2017

A Triangular Fight.

9/19/2016

Pugilistic Females.

Two Lebanon, Pa., girls live the same young man and biff each other on the street.

1/4/2016

Collecting Beer Money.

A gang of female rogues, of the East Side, New York, work a little racket of their own.

9/15/2015

Hard Knocks and Horsewhips.

Miss Mamie Gannon, of Jersey City, attacks reporter Lenhart with a horsewhip for traducing her character in his newspaper.

8/10/2015

What it Has Come To.

A scene from feal life in a sixth avenue smoking car—giddy girls who believe in taking a “whiff of the weed” in public as well as in priv

6/22/2015

Society Women Turn Burglars.

A Widow and Her Pretty Daughter Caught Thieving in Men’s Attire in Tecumseh, Mich.

4/13/2015

In a Deadly Folding-Bed.

12/15/2014

Giddy Young Girls.

12/1/2014

Bulldozing a Voter.

There is a strong minded woman “way deown in Maine,” who has been protesting for years against her sex being debarred the right of suffrage.

11/4/2014

Belle Gordon.

9/29/2014

The Girls Have a New Game.

8/18/2014

Beautiful Forever.

7/29/2014

Two Giddy Girls.

5/27/2014

Abducted by a Woman.

3/31/2014

Nature versus Art.

2/18/2014

The Last Dip of the Season.

Water witches who frolic with Neptune, no matter how cold his embrace.

9/3/2013

A Bride’s Toggery.

8/27/2013

Undercover Lunatic.

5/26/2013

Breaking Up a Bagnio.

11/18/2012

Beauty as a Shield.

7/24/2012

Female Tobacco Chewers.

7/10/2012

Burlesque Comes to America.

Thompson's British burlesque troupe opened to a packed house at Wood's Museum and Metropolitan Theatre.

4/17/2012

A Plucky Elberon, N. J., Girl

1/31/2012

Pretty Female Billiardists

1/3/2012

She Played Kissy Kissy

12/6/2011

Whipped By Women

11/8/2011

Whipped By Women

11/8/2011

A Map of Woman's Heart

10/2/2011
 "The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan MandijnIt's Friday morning!Are you ready for Saturday night?Watch out for those deadly clouds!The Biggerstaff Hanging Tree.A brief history of California social novels.The black cat train.Mayans had remarkably sophisticated water-filtration systems.What we know--and, more often, don't know--about Viking children.Science, I've found, is always unsettled.A tour
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Strange Company - 10/23/2020

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A CHAMPIONSan Francisco ChronicleOctober 12, 1898(Click image to enlarge)     ASCOMB IS A CHAMPION    Guess Bascomb Smith wasn't all bad. The texts of the newspaper appear below.  Miss Hall finds a champion. Brother of  “ Soapy” Smith claims her as his wife.There is another side to the pathetic story told to the police by Minnie Hall, the Vaudeville actress to jump into the bay from Howard
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 9/25/2020

On this date in 1979, Jesse Bishop was gassed in Nevada. The third person executed under the “modern” U.S. death penalty regime — after Gary Gilmore in 1976 and John Spenkelink earlier in 1979 — Bishop was a career felon with a years-long rap sheet of armed robberies and drug crimes. In 1977, he was […]
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Executed Today - 10/22/2020
Colorization can sometimes add another whole dimension to vintage black and white photos. We’ve done this one of the crime …

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Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts - 8/31/2020
 Dr. Henry Meyer, his wife Maria, and their associate Ludwig Brant devised an elaborate plan to defraud insurance companies. Maria and Brant held a mock wedding then took out several insurance policies on his life with Maria as beneficiary. The plan was to then obtain a cadaver, declare it was the body of Ludwig Brant, and collect the insurance. Unbeknownst to Brant, Dr. Meyer and Maria decided
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Murder By Gaslight - 10/24/2020

Cigarette ads, a burlesque house, a struggling theater, a flea circus and freak show (likely Hubert’s Museum): If you visited 42nd Street on the west side of Broadway at Times Square in 1932, this is what you’d find. “42nd Street West of Broadway” was painted that year by Edmund Yaghjian, an Armenian immigrant who depicted […]
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Ephemeral New York - 10/18/2020
[Editor’s note: Guest writer, Peter Dickson, lives in West Sussex, England and has been working with microfilm copies of The Duncan Campbell Papers from the State Library of NSW, Sydney, Australia. The following are some of his analyses of what he has discovered from reading these papers. Dickson has contributed many transcriptions to the Jamaica Family […]
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Early American Crime - 2/7/2019
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