No. 462
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
February 20, 2020

December 1860.

Styles for the Month.
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Via Newspapers.com Tales of stone-throwing poltergeists are surprisingly common, but this one is a bit more unusual than most. The “Indianapolis News,” June 26, 1909: Lafayette, Ind.. June 24. For miles around the little hamlet ot Pettit, seven miles east of Lafayette, the residents are in a state of great excitement over the strange happenings at the home of Rosanna Ritenour. A haunted
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Strange Company - 2/19/2020

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"Denver's Oldest Bar" matchbook cover outside cover - A (Click image to enlarge) new addition to my collection A matchbook cover from "Denver’s Oldest Bar" is a new acquisition to my private Soapy Smith collection. Though it is a "modern" item from the 1960s-70s, it has a direct link to Soapy Smith. "Denver’s Oldest Bar" was once controlled by Soapy, under the name, "Tivoli Club,
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 2/7/2020

On this date in 1935, Germany conducted its last axe-beheadings. The axees were impecunious noblewomen Benita von Falkenhayn (English Wikipedia entry | German) and Renate von Natzmer (English | German), spies for Poland recruited via society love affairs with Polish envoy Jerzy Sosnowski.* Benita von Falkenhayn (left) and Renate von Natzmer. At 6:00 a.m. on […]
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Executed Today - 2/18/2020
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
Every day since Halloween 2007, the blog ExecutedToday.com has posted a story of an execution that took place on that date in history somewhere in the world. While this certainly says something about the human condition over time, it also says something about the determination and thoroughness of the blogger of ExecutedToday.com, who goes by the epithet Headsman. As someone who has scrambled to
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Murder By Gaslight - 2/15/2020

Wherever rich New Yorkers built their homes in the 19th century, they also built private stables for their expensive horses and carriages—with upstairs living quarters for a coachman or groom. So when Upper Fifth Avenue along Central Park became the city’s new Millionaire Mile during the Gilded Age, certain Upper East Side blocks to the […]
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Ephemeral New York - 2/17/2020
[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
Left His Digits as Souvenirs. | The Pastor Kissed Her.

December 1860.

December 1860 Styles for the Month. [more]

Fig. 1. Morning robe of cashmere broche in roses, with their leaves. A revers of the same, edged with a narrow rose-fluted ribbon, forms the border, the ribbon extending round the bottom of the skirt. Underskirt flounced with delicate embroidery to the waist, with vest to match. A flounce forming a frill length-wise on the chemisette, which is finished with a ruching at the throat. Solferino net, with ruched silk edge, and tassels.

Fig. 2. Evening dress of pink tulle, with two skirts of doubled crape, strapped with purple satin ribbon, low Grecian corsage, and short, fan-shaped sleeve; flowers for the hair, and garniture for the robe of purple rhododendrons.

Fig. 3. Robe of green silk, with small figure, broche in the same color; skirt with five narrow flounces, edged with ribbon runching; round body, with pelerine cape, and floating waist ribbon, broche in the same colors, and edged with velvet. Small bishop sleeves, with a full seam on the front, covered with ruching, wrist finished with a frill, edged with ruched ribbon. Hat of purple velvet, with a wreath of purple berries in their leaves, across the front.


Reprinted from Frank Leslie's Monthly Magazine, December 1860.