He’ll be singing the blues…

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The “Omaha Bee News” issue of Sept. 16, 1932 has this interesting report of a a singer destined for jail…

Tired of fishing him out of the well…

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This tidbit from the “Olive Branch“, Boston, Nov. 19, 1853, expresses one Californian’s frustration.

Not sure this one worked…

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Before the days of plastic surgery or rhinoplasty, here is how problems with the nose were supposedly “cured”. While subscribers were on the hunt for great baseball news, this ad is in the “Baseball Magazine” issue of June, 1923. 

Constitution for the “Philadelphia Dueling Club”…

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The Courier” newspaper of Norwich, Connecticut has in its July 2, 1800 edition an apparently tongue-in-cheek report detailing the constitution for the “Philadelphia Dueling Club”. The fact that it was approved on May 32, 1800, and signed by “William Blood, President’ and “Charles Bullet, Secretary” seems to render this less than real, the content is nonetheless interesting reading.

Its preamble notes that dueling has become: “…the fashion to the infinite satisfaction of all men of true honor, & whereas the opinion that this practice is improper & Immoral being only held by old women, or men who ought to wear petticoats…” with more. See the photo for the full 1st article… and the link above for the full text.

Not too much has changed in over 60 years…

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This six-point prescription for a longer life appeared on the front page of the “Detroit Free Press” issue of March 17, 1951.

Value of a city wife…

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This article in the “Detroit Free Press” issue of November 8, 1946 needs no further explanation.

Guess he wasn’t thinking…

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The  January 8, 1902 issue of the “Wellsville Daily Reporter” of New York has an interesting article of a construction worker who apparently wasn’t thinking when he attempted to thaw frozen dynamite (see below).

The Traveler… Ismay on “speed”… war of the roses…

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I traveled today to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, by means of The Evening Times dated June 4, 1912. There I found that (J.) Bruce Ismay has been providing justification to the British court of inquiry on the speed possibilities of the Titanic. He was the chairman and managing director of the White Star Line and a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.

Another front page article is entitled “Says Husband Sent Her Poisoned Roses”. Mrs. Rose Ebeling received poisoned roses from her husband one afternoon, this was after she had filed a bill for divorce against her husband, Fred. The fumes of the poison had overpowered the servant who opened the package. So to quote Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet “…that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…”

~The Traveler

Fast food with home delivery…

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The October 7, 1939 issue of “The Topeka Daily Capital” newspaper from Kansas has an interesting piece headed “Fish Lands on Front Porch Already Fried”.  Interesting to note such levity present within an issue with sobering content.

Believe it or not…

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While posting an October 31, 1804 issue of THOMAS’S MASSACHUSETTS SPY, OR WORCESTER GAZETTE,  Massachusetts, onto the Rare Newspapers website due to the presence of two letters from George Washington (written before 1800) and another from Thomas Jefferson, another item caught our interest.  Under “Deaths” we found an obituary which seems unbelievable.  Which is harder to believe, that newspapers from 1804 containing 3 Presidential letters are still available, or, that the details within the shown obituary are true?  Fact or fiction?  You decide.

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