The Arsenic Eaters

Arsenic was not uncommon at the turn of the century. It was a common means of pest control – often as rat poison. In humans, arsenic poisoning produces symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, abdominal pain, and death. In a 1927 Scientific Monthly article, Professor Norman Harrar described arsenic this way: “One of the poisons known […]

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Early Innings in American Baseball

Today’s post is about the turn of the century baseball cards recently posted by the Library of Congress. Our modern baseball players are very fit and polished, by comparison. The players in these pictures weren’t especially muscular or toned.   Can you imagine the reaction if one of these players was signed today?  A few of these […]

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Joyeux Halloween

At the turn of the century, the French artist Albert Matignon (1860-1937) became fascinated with opium. Matignon became somewhat well-known after painting Morphine in 1905. He was one of only a few artists who were bold enough to delve into drug and alcohol-related themes. By 1911, he had seen the seedier side of opiates. That year […]

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