No. 463
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
February 28, 2020

Beautiful Forever.

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"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn It's time for this week's Link Dump! Let the show begin! Angkor Wat and the collapsed reservoir. Shorter version: Jack Parsons was one weird dude. Jolly Jane Toppan, the last person you would want at your sickbed. A museum that's pure torture. The mystery of the Breton inscription. The posset: good for whatever ails you. Yet
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Strange Company - 2/28/2020

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Fifty-nine years ago in February 1961, thousands of avid fans trudged through 20 inches of snow to Carnegie Hall to see comedian Lenny Bruce—in a show that was recorded and released in a three-record set, The Carnegie Hall Concert. This famous show, “was the moment that an obscure yet rapidly rising young comedian named Lenny […]
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Ephemeral New York - 2/23/2020

(Thanks to India revolutionary Bhagat Singh — himself soon to become an Executed Today client — for the guest post. It was originally published under the title “Blood Sprinkled on the Day of Holi Babbar Akalis on the Crucifix”. -ed.) ON THE DAY OF HOLI, FEBRUARY 27, 1926, WHEN WE were getting high on our […]
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Executed Today - 2/27/2020
Beginning on January 1st, W&W will begin featuring fascinating short clippings from the Fall River papers and other newspapers from …

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Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts - 12/29/2019
Nellie C. Bailey. William Dodson led a drive of 2300 head of sheep from Kansas through Indian Territory to their new home in Texas in October 1883. A mile behind them the owner of the new ranch, a widower named Clement Bothemly, and his sister Bertha traveled in a wagon outfitted with bedrooms. Pulled by two yoke of oxen, the wagon was so large that observers compared it to a railroad car.
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Murder By Gaslight - 2/22/2020

Letter to Mary from Jeff R. Smith II Artifact #63 February 15, 1897 Jeff Smith collection (Click image to enlarge) rtifact #63 Soapy Smith's letter to wife Mary, dated February 15, 1897 reads, in a large pen hand, Feb 15th 1897 Dear Wife This far on my journey to the North God bless you Jeff Owl Saloon Spokan A quick note from husband to wife, written on Russ House
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 2/27/2020
[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
Picnic on Marblehead Neck. | A Minister’s Scrape.

Beautiful Forever.

Beautiful Forever

“Made Beautiful Forever.” –The new process of enameling the face in order to hide th blemishes which nature and dissipation have made on the phiz of women of fashion; New York City. [more]

The recent death of Madame Rachel, the famous female beautifier or enameller in a London prison has called attention to this singular caprice of fashion. At the present time a walk on one of the leading thoroughfares of this city will demonstrate to what extent this foolish fashion is carried on. Women whose faces are enameled are easily detected by the shining appearance of their skin as well as the unnatural tint, which this process gives to their complexion. There is a close resemblance between a milliner’s wax-figure, used for displaying a fancy toilet, and the face of a woman who has submitted to this method of beautifying. Until quite recently enameling was confined to Paris, all who had it done having to go to that city for the purpose. It is very expensive, costing about $6oo, and generally lasts about six months. It is said that the art has been recently transferred to this city by a Parisian who has met with great success.


Reprinted from "Beautiful Forever." The National Police Gazette 20 Nov 1880.