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American Victorian People of Color

Dispelling Misconceptions and Preconceived Notions! Portraits from 1870s to 1890s    

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Great-Great Granny’s Enquiring Mind

You have no doubt heard of the National Enquirer tabloid. No, I understate that…you have NO DOUBT seen weekly editions of the Enquirer in a rack at the checkout counter of your local grocery store for over fifty years. In … Continue reading

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Proto-Photoshopping

You’ve no doubt seen the inexpensive portrait studios in places like Walmart and Sears. When I was young in the 1950s, the big name in inexpensive portraiture was Olan Mills. I have a box full of portraits of myself taken … Continue reading

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Cocaine for the Kiddies

Cocaine toothache drops were popular with children and with their parents. Not only would the medicine numb the pain, but it could also put the user in a “better” mood. With the epidemic in recent decades of young people addicted … Continue reading

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The Lost History of “Boilerplate”

Boilerplate was a mechanical man developed by Professor Archibald Campion during the 1880s and unveiled at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Built in a small Chicago laboratory, Boilerplate was a prototype soldier built for “preventing the deaths of men in … Continue reading

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“Kiss Me Quick”

If you thought the famous “Currier and Ives” printers of the 1800s just made wholesome family prints of quaint, snowy Christmas scenes to frame and display in your parlor, think again. Here’s one of their very popular items from 1840: … Continue reading

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