No. 479
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
July 09, 2020

Beautiful Forever.

July 29, 2014
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The aptly named Christopher Slaughterford hanged on this date in 1709 — condemned, quite possibly wrongfully, for murdering his fiancee Jane Young. Slaughterford owned a maltings at Shalford in Surrey and was known to be paying court to Miss Young when the latter went missing on the evening of the 5th of October, 1703. She […]
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Executed Today - 7/9/2020

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(Click image to enlarge) HE SHOOTING OF HARRY "SHOTGUN" SMITH. Denver's unsolved murder: Number #10 On June 23, 1893, Harry "Shotgun" Smith (no relation) went on a drinking binge and made the deadly mistake of visiting the Tivoli Club and provoking a fight with Bascomb Smith, the younger brother of bad man "Soapy" Smith. Bascomb walked away unscathed. Harry Smith was not
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 6/23/2020

Via Newspapers.com Who doesn’t love a good Demon Cat story? The “Harrisburg Telegraph,” July 30, 1902: Lancaster, July 30. Mrs. Augustus Stiffel, wife of an ironworker, says she is bewitched and lays the blame for her condition on a big black cat. According to her story, the cat, which is as large as a good-sized dog, with eyes like balls of fire, visits her house nearly every night, and
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Strange Company - 7/8/2020
It was a perfect weekend to journey out to Tyngsborough to get a glimpse of what was left of the …

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Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts - 6/13/2020
Mamie Kelly Fourteen-year-old Mamie Kelly of San Francisco, had a crush on the boy next door, nineteen-year-old Aleck Goldenson. Though Aleck was the kind of boy who appeals to teenaged girls—an artist and a bit of a hoodlum—her family had no use for him at all. In spite of this, Mamie took every opportunity be near him. Aleck first enjoyed her attention, then tolerated it, then actively
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Murder By Gaslight - 7/4/2020

New York once had lots of neighborhood doughnut places, and this stamp-size shop on Avenue U in Sheepshead Bay keeps the tradition alive. Also known as Shaikh’s Place, Donut Shoppe still has the original sign installed by the shop’s first owner decades ago. The shop has diversified over the years, adding to the menu tacos, […]
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Ephemeral New York - 7/6/2020
[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.