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Nineteenth Century

July 11, 2016

Tricycle Black Maria

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Served the extra duty of public humiliation of criminal.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 11, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Cops, Crime, Inventions, Nineteenth Century,

July 9, 2016

Mystery Illustration 24

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What historical figure is this rooster intended to represent? Lord Nelson? Oliver Perry? Maybe Captain Cook?

The answer is here.

Or here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 09, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Nineteenth Century,

June 23, 2016

Anchor Stone Building Blocks

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Another weird old playtoy for building stuff. Very pricey on Ebay.

Wikipedia entry here.

A blog post here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 23, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Europe, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century,

June 5, 2016

Senior Moment?

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 05, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Nineteenth Century, Brain Damage,

April 27, 2016

Coco-Bay and Chiego-Foot

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Original ad here.

Holloway's Pills and Ointment were apparently miraculous as seen by the number of ailments they could cure. But I was curious about two of the more obscure ills, and managed to track them down.

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Definition here.

Yes, the treatment could cure leprosy! The second disorder is much less severe.

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Definition here.


Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 27, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, Nineteenth Century, Diseases,

April 22, 2016

Illinois Canal Scrip

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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.

Explanation here.

And more info here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 22, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Crime, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Nineteenth Century,

April 17, 2016

Cold Medicine of the Beast

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Still being made and sold today.



Home page here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 17, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Health, Religion, Superstition, Nineteenth Century,

March 29, 2016

The Coffin of Pero Bannister

I find this anecdote in two sources. True, or apocryphal? You be the judge!

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1880 text.

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1937 text.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 29, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Face and Facial Expressions, Head,

March 2, 2016

Frog Postcards

Please consider the usefulness and attractiveness of having frogs convey your birthday, Xmas, Valentine's Day or New Year's wishes.

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 02, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Holidays, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Postal Services,

March 1, 2016

Grove’s Laxative Bromo Quinine

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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.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 01, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century,

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