No. 423
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
April 22, 2019

December 1860.

Styles for the Month.
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I count six transportation options Brooklynites had in 1915, according to this rich and detailed postcard of Flatbush Avenue. There’s the elevated train, of course, as well as a streetcar, automobile, bicycle, horse and wagon, and of course, getting around on foot, as most of the crowd seems to be doing—when they’re not mugging for […]
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The Savoy bookstore in Westerly, R.I. was cram-packed with Borden case enthusiasts this evening as author Cara Robertson held forth …

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The Domshof town square still holds a spuckstein (“spit stone”) where passersby can revile Gesche Margarethe Gottfried, a serial poisoner beheaded in Bremen on this date in 1831. Ptooey! (cc) image by Jürgen Howaldt. Gottfried wielded the 19th century’s weapon of choice for subtle domestic homicide, arsenic, mixed into spreadable fat, a concoction known as […]
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Jeff and Joe Soapy Smith buries Joe Simmons The Illustrated Police News April 9, 1892 (Click image to enlarge) oe Simmons was a tall, slender gambler known to many as “Gambler Joe” Simmons, a member of the Soap Gang who managed Soapy Smith's Tivoli Club in Denver, 1890, and Soapy's Orleans Club in Creede, 1892. According to William Devere’s poem "Two Little Busted Shoes," Simmons
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 3/25/2019
Rosa Buckstahlen and Ida Bjornstad, servants in the Chicago mansion of Amos J. Snell, were awakened at 2:00 the morning of February 8, 1888, by the sound of a gunshot from the floor below. They heard someone shout “Get out! Get out of here!” followed by more gunshots, then silence. Thinking that all was well—or more likely, too frightened to do anything else—the girls went back to sleep.
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Murder by Gaslight - 4/20/2019
There are, unfortunately, no sponsors for this week's Link Dump.  The staff at Strange Company HQ is busy celebrating Spring Break. What the hell caused the Kentucky Meat Shower? Watch out for those Midnight Washer Women! In which Mr. Cambray asks to go to prison. That time Benjamin Franklin had a rendezvous at Notre Dame. Why you wouldn't necessarily want to see into the future.
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Strange Company - 4/19/2019
[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.