Back in 1921, New York City resident Etta Caulfield decided to dress up as a man for Halloween. She borrowed her brother’s shirt, tall-stiff detachable collar, pants, and an overcoat to complete the costume.
Learn about a reputable California dentist named William Shyne who supposedly gave the children of his neighborhood lollipops and laxative pills for Halloween.
When historians look back in time, they tend to name certain periods of mankind with broad names: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Renaissance, and so on. What name would the 20th century be known by? Continue Reading
A June 2, 1959 syndicated AP article discusses a new invention by RCA called the Hear-See. It would enable someone to make a recording of their favorite television program or create their own home movies and play it back on a television set. Continue Reading
On December 6, 1954, the NY Times ran a story describing a brand new invention that could cook an 18-pound roast of beef in twenty minutes, a chicken in 9, an apple pie in 6, and could heat up a steak in one minute. Continue Reading
On October 6, 1946, not far from the former site of the Palisades Amusement Park, on US Route 9W of New Jersey’s Palisades Park, a young woman passing through town made the fateful decision to hitch a ride. Fateful because she made the mistake of thumbing a police car… Continue Reading
When Mrs. Clementine Farr Duff died on February 6, 1937, her estate was valued in excess of one-million dollars (nearly $17 million today). She left a sizeable chunk of the money to thirteen individuals, which included her chauffeur, maid, butler, laundress, and others. Continue Reading
It was reported that three men robbed Heights Pharmacy on February 22, 1923. The store was located at St Nicholas Avenue and 145th Street in New York City. Two of the men kept clerk David Neuberger busy while the third snagged druggist Dr. Abraham N. Horowitz as he emerged from the basement of the store after getting some drugs to fill prescriptions. Continue Reading
There is nothing better than tasty, ice-cold ice cream on a hot summer day. Since the early part of the twentieth century, ice cream trucks have roamed the streets of our cities bringing these delectable treats right to your door. What few people know is that behind the scenes, there has been an intense and sometimes violent turf war going on between ice cream vendors. Drivers have been beaten and robbed, trucks smashed, burned, and bombed, and death threats have been made.
May 9, 1967, where it was reported that New York City Criminal Court Judge Milton Shalleck handed down a ruling in the case of 28-year-old Charlotte Moorman. She was found guilty of performing a lewd act because she played her cello topless in a theater performance on February 9th. Continue Reading
Perfect story for the first days of summer: it’s about a ban that the city of Yonkers put in place back in 1935 to prevent women from wearing shorts and halter tops. Even more timely: at one point they proposed building a giant fence around Tibbetts Brook Park to keep the offending people from NYC out.
Here’s the story of a number of women who worked for Southern Bell in Miami back in 1950. Poorly paid and dreaming of a much better life, they figured out a unique way to smuggle money out of the coin counting room at the company’s headquarters. It was such a profitable operation that they were able to pay their legal fees in quarters.