Gypsy Adams Murders Her Only Friend

San Francisco, California. The newspapers described Gypsy Adams as “a Louisiana girl, of Creole extraction” who was an inmate of one of the Tenderloin’s infamous brothels. The house was owned by Mrs. Mary Mills, known to her employees as “Mother Mary”. Gypsy quickly became well-known in the Tenderloin and her loud crassness and unmoderated drinking and […]

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A Warning to Knock-Out Men

In 1900, chloral hydrate poisoning was becoming endemic in large cities in the United States. More commonly known at the time by its street name, “knockout drops”, the drug was  were generally used to facilitate date rape. Unsuspecting women who visited saloons had to watch their drinks carefully, lest some creep add some knockout drops to […]

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A Few More Favorites from Arnold Genthe

The Library of Congress had a few more really good Arnold Genthe photographs I’d like to share. The first two are from San Francisco, around the time of the great earthquake.     Genthe also photographed famous people. I like this one of the dancer Anna Pavlova and the next of Theodore Roosevelt, near the […]

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