The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: The Road to Perdition (Part I)

For over 100 years, the name Mata Hari has been synonymous with glamour and mystery. Her life ended when she was 41 years old, but those years were crowded with adventure, tragedy, and intrigue. The woman who would one day become famous all over the world was born into ordinary circumstances in August 1876, in…

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The Most Astonishing Expression of Vitality!

Today’s post is about Nadar, the great French photographer and certainly one of the most interesting people I’ve come across. Nadar was born Gaspard-Félix Tournachon in Paris in April of 1820 to middle-class parents. His father was a publisher and bookseller, but not a very successful one. Victor Tournachon went broke in 1833 and died a…

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The Even Stranger Reappearance of Judge Nathan Q. Tanquary

At the end of the last post, Judge Nathan Q. Tanquary – who had been presumed dead for just over a month – unexpectedly communicated to his wife that he was in Peru, and heading home to Texas. Upon his return to Fort Stockton, the judge lost no time in explaining what had befallen him…

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