Monthly Archives: June 2015

Annie Londonderry

I first heard about this story on Futility Closet's blog here, and then did some research on my own. "The Gilded Age certainly saw some high-stakes wagers. Twelve years before Harry Bensley settled one bet by pushing a pram around … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Richmond’s Ball

I read this excellent article today about how Vanity Fair was maybe the greatest book about Waterloo ever written. What I didn't realize was that the ball the characters attend in the novel the night before the battle was based … Continue reading

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Airmail

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. "The world’s first airmail stamps were issued for the Great Barrier Pigeon-Gram Service, which carried messages from New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island to the mainland between 1898 and 1908. "It was … Continue reading

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Ludwig II

I was rereading Royal Flash (part of the amazing and hilarious Flashman series) and got thinking about what Bavaria was like after Ludwig I and Lola Montez and all that good shenaniganry. Then I discovered the horribly unfortunate life of … Continue reading

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The Stanford Earthquake

Just a really quick one today, after last night's enormous "La Traviata" entry. I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. In 1906, an earthquake shook Standford, California. Among other things, there was some damage done to Stanford University: … Continue reading

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La Traviata

As many of you know, I’m recently back after a wedding hiatus. For our honeymoon, my weddin’-buddy and I went to Italy and tried to be as glamorous as goddamned possible. Us, pretty much all day, every day: In our … Continue reading

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Man Gets Drunk, Weds Prostitute

I found the following story in Rona Levin's Comic, Curious & Quirky: News Stories from Centuries Past, pg. 152. The original source was the Ipswich Journal, October 23, 1784. "A curious marriage was lately celebrated in Drury Lane, which strongly … Continue reading

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