No. 350
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
December 15, 2017

Counterfeiting was an extremely lucrative crime in the nineteenth century, but it required skilled craftsmen and an intricate distribution network—it was not for amateurs. However, the "sawdust game," a confidence scam spawned by the success of counterfeiting invited amateurs. And it had the additional appeal of only swindling those who deserved to be swindled. More...

A Romantic Story.

(From New York Tribune, September 20, 1871) A Romantic Story. A man accused of murder proved innocent after death. Some workmen, digging holes for the posts of a fence, in Unionville, Westc...
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JAMES CAMPBELL
alias: SHANG CAMPBELL, TRAINOR
PICKPOCKET, BURGLAR
December 15, 2017
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What did the FA phone exchange stand for?

While enjoying the views along Edgecombe Avenue in Upper Manhattan, I spotted this rusted sign containing an old two-letter phone exchange, once ubiquitous in New York until they were phased out in th...
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1868: The Reno brothers and Charles Anderson lynched in New Albany

On this date in 1868, 60-plus masked and armed vigilantes took control of the New Albany, Indiana jail and executed four members (three of them kin) of a notorious train-robbing gang. From the Daily I...
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The criminal history of Harry Gilmore, alias Jim Jordan.

Harry Gilmore Alias Jim Jordanage 48-54 Rocky Mountain News April 19, 1894 (Click image to enlarge) ho the hell was Harry Gilmore?      We are all mere "students" of history. When I pub...
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Counterfeiting was an extremely lucrative crime in the nineteenth century, but it required skilled craftsmen and an intricate distribution network—it was not for amateurs. However, the "sawdust game," a confidence scam spawned by the success of counterfeiting invited amateurs. And it had the additional appeal of only swindling those who deserved to be swindled. More...

"We follow vice and folly where a police officer dare not show his head, as the small, but intrepid weasel pursues vermin in paths which the licensed cat or dog cannot enter."

 The Sunday Flash 1841

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