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A Strange Grave Monument

Off With His Head! Sir Robert Holmes (1622-1692) fought under Prince Rupert and was governor of the Island of Wight from 1667-1692. Holmes has an unusual story to the statue that sits atop his grave where he is buried at … Continue reading

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A New Yorker Entertains Her Tourist Friend And Finds Her Missing Brother – 1905

Places A Tourist Should Go in 1905? Bellevue And The Morgue. Visiting New York City today there are things that most tourists go and see: The Empire State Building, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty and other typical touristy places. … Continue reading

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The 11-Year-Old New York Pancake Flipping Champ For 1947

Henry McChesney Wins An Unusual Contest Bet you didn’t know there was once a pancake flipping champ in New York? Well there was in 1947. Note the concentration in young Henry McChesney’s face. The rules and how many other entrants … Continue reading

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Why Are There Annoying Flies At Jones Beach Field 6?

Is There Anything You Can Do To Keep The Flies Off Of You? In the summer if you ever go to Jones Beach in Long Island, especially the often filled popular field 6, you will notice one of two things, … Continue reading

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Man Eats Light Bulbs (And Other Delicacies) – 1939

Harold B. Funston Demonstrates An Unusual Talent For Tolerating Pain New York City– Harold B. Funston, accounting machine mechanic of Columbus, Ohio brought to New York for an appearance on a radio program, eats glass from a light bulb in … Continue reading

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Free Beer For Life – 1950

Drink Up, While It Lasts Free Beer For Life New York – Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Slamon, 33, of Portland, OR, samples first installment of a lifetime’s supply of beer, which a brewery President awarded him. The beer biggie was … Continue reading

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1923 News Report – Girls Are Becoming Bad, Boys Becoming Good

Cheap Literature & Gay Cabaret Life Making Girls 12-20 Unfit To Be Wives & Mothers This small item worthy of national news is from the November 9, 1923 edition of the New York Times: Best line- “Too many women want … Continue reading

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Wife Hit Him Over The Head With A Gas Lighter

Why You Might File For Divorce In 1914 One hundred years ago if you got married, it was a commitment forĀ  life. Very few people got divorced. If you did file for divorce, there had to be a good reason. … Continue reading

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Young Man Swims In Lake Michigan On January 4, 1924

90 Years Ago Today: Victor Barothy Goes Swimming In Lake Michigan January 4, 1924 I’ve seen the polar bear clubs with swimmers who plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day every year. But this looks insane. Those large … Continue reading

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1935 – Heavy Women Smoking Cigarettes – Vaudeville Act Takes A Break

The “Tiny Rosebuds” Take A Break From Rehearsing We’ll let the slug from this unusual news photograph describe the scene: A Half-Ton of Terpsichore An act which is liable to bring down the house, (with a crash), is the Tiny … Continue reading

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