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 generally used to facilitate date rape. Unsuspecting women who visited saloons had to watch their beverages carefully, lest some creep add some knockout drops to their…

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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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Through an Autochrome Eye

Arnold Genthe was born in Berlin in 1869. After earning a Ph.D. in classical philology, he moved to the United States in 1895. He worked as a tutor, but he really loved photography. On his days off, he spent his time taking photographs in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Over time, his work became recognized and he opened…

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