Criminal Profile: The Masher

There was an epidemic of mashing at the turn of the century, and it was an offense worthy of hundreds of news articles, civic leagues, and sermons. Masher was a slang term that loosely referred to a man who took advantage of women who appeared alone in public. The caricature of a masher was a well-dressed […]

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The Opium Fiends

Every day we hear of the serious opioid crisis that is ravaging many areas of the country. Usually people start off legitimately, taking prescribed pain medications for an injury, and soon they become dependent upon the drug to function normally. Opium addiction today generally translates either to medications like fentanyl, or illegal substances like heroin. […]

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Traces of the Anti-Saloon League

Ever heard of the Anti-Saloon League? I passed this sign on Jones Street in San Francisco one day and took a photo of it. A major force in American politics until Prohibition was repealed back in the 1930s, the Anti-Saloon League was instrumental in building support for temperance. The organization started in 1893 in Ohio, and […]

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