Successful 1905 Hoax Still Duping People

Have you ever heard the story of The Patient Bullet? In 1883 in the town of Honey Grove, Texas, Henry Ziegland dumped his fiancé, Maysie Tichnor. She was despondent and committed suicide. Her enraged brother decided Ziegland had to die. He went to Ziegland’s farm and shot the young man who had hurt his sister,…

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Theodore Roosevelt Visits the Lone Star State!

In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt went on a trip west, and he stopped in Sherman, Texas. This stereoscope image shows him speaking (from his horse!) to a sizable crowd. But what is a stereoscope, you ask. Stereoscopes are two photographs of one scene taken at slightly different angles. They can be viewed as two ordinary pictures, but with a stereoscope viewer, they…

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The Original Lonely Hearts: Turn-of-the-Century Personal Ads

Finding love has never been easy. As early as the 1890s, people were using the papers’ classified section to place matrimonial ads, which were essentially want ads for a spouse. The first ad I came across is from 1909. This fellow seems heartfelt, if not grammatically inclined. This 1905 Babu Matrimonial Advertisement introduces us to…

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