With USA paper money in the news, let's look at a wild and woolly era in the history of the USA when just about anyone could issue their own cash.
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Still being made and sold today.
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I find this anecdote in two sources. True, or apocryphal? You be the judge!
Not sure about a laxative having any effect on a cold. Or quinine either. But thousands of people obviously found some relief for nearly eighty years.
Original ad here.
In its heyday, THE POLICE GAZETTE was a goldmine of weird news. It was recently revived
by Steven Westlake, son of the famous crime novelist Donald Westlake, and he has now compiled a book of the best Hitler articles from the magazine. Looks like a winner!
A great advance in American divorce law, recorded by the Detroit Free Press
- Sep 19, 1882.
I wonder if the ruling still stands?
What was once a patent medicine for "tired brains" and "seasickness" is now a hipster cocktail ingredient.
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