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Put husband under bed, 1907

This sounds like it was straight-up spousal abuse, and the wife got away with it.

The Washington Post - May 24, 1907

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Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 22, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Husbands, Wives, Marriage, 1900's

The Woman with the Serpent’s Tongue


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Original article here.

Once upon a time, poetry still mattered, and could cause great controversies. No social media for such battles, after all. This poem seems to have cost William Watson the post of UK Poet Laureate.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 13, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Poetry, 1900's, Women, Europe, Curses, Slurs, Insults, Vituperation, Libel and Slander

Blowing Up Unlocked Safe


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 07, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Stupid Criminals, 1900's

Litigation Through Poetry:  Or, Texas Is Hell


Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 22, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Law, Nature, Regionalism, Religion, Poetry, 1900's

Mystery Gadget 28


Man in an electrified cage. Why?

Find out here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 27, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Technology, 1900's

The gun safe enough to use as a toy

There seem to be layers of meaning in this ad. On one level, it's just a girl playing with her toys (and her gun). On another level, the doll clearly seems posed in a way to represent a dead person, shot perhaps by the girl who's looking down at the gun in her hand with regret. What's the message here?

Incidentally, wikipedia tells us that Iver Johnson revolvers were used in the assassinations of William McKinley and Robert Kennedy (and the attempted assassination of FDR).

Source: The Canadian Magazine - April 1904
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 21, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Guns, Toys, Advertising, 1900's

Alligator Joe


Proving that Florida, home to our esteemed Chuck Shepherd, has harbored weirdos for over a century.



Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Eccentrics, 1900's, 1910's

Kearton’s Imitation Ox

In his efforts to obtain photographs of some of the shyest birds, an English author resorted to the most ingenious devices, one of which was an imitation ox made of a bullock skin stretched over a wicker frame. Concealed in this with his camera, the lens of which peeped out of a hole in the chest, the naturalist photographer took observations and obtained some excellent pictures. An artificial sheep also proved of great service when studying birds of the moors and mountains, its realistic appearance never failing to deceive, and making it a useful hiding place.
Source: The Canadian Magazine - April 1904

Find more info about Kearton and his ox here.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Apr 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Photography and Photographers, 1900's

Practical Jokes on Corpse


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Work and Vocational Training, 1900's, Pranks
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