No. 424
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
May 23, 2019

Skating in Central Park.

Winter sports in the metropolis—a skating scene in Central Park.
February 9, 2015
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Chapter 2
English Franciscan John Forest was burned at Smithfield on this date in 1538 … the undercard to the simultaneous “execution” of a downthrown idol of Saint Derfel Gadarn. The latter had been ripped from its shrine at Llandderfel in Gwynedd, Wales: the place gets its name from Derfel himself and its devotion to its Celtic […]
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via Newspapers.com Phantom cats and a mysterious death. Who can ask for more in an old newspaper story? The "Brooklyn Daily Eagle," March 13, 1886: Ghost stories from the credulous and nervous gentlemen who draw salaries as guardians of the peace in the precinct covered from the Graham avenue station are becoming frequent. Last week they saw the ghost of an Italian. On Thursday night a
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Jeff and Joe Soapy Smith buries Joe Simmons The Illustrated Police News April 9, 1892 (Click image to enlarge) oe Simmons was a tall, slender gambler known to many as “Gambler Joe” Simmons, a member of the Soap Gang who managed Soapy Smith's Tivoli Club in Denver, 1890, and Soapy's Orleans Club in Creede, 1892. According to William Devere’s poem "Two Little Busted Shoes," Simmons
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 3/25/2019
In July 1890, a man came into the 126th Street Police Station in Harlem, New York City, to report a conversation he had overheard in an elevated train. A young man and woman sitting near him were talking about the mysterious disappearance of Miss Goodwin from the Storm King flats on East 126th Street. They believed that she had been foully dealt with by “professional malpractioners.” The woman
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Murder by Gaslight - 5/18/2019
I’m not the first old sign enthusiast who came across this beauty of a beer sign on the tenement at 317 East Fifth Street. Grieve wrote it up back in January, and I’m sure other fans walking along this quiet East Village block noticed the ancient signage, too. “S. Cort Wines & Lager Beer” the […]
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Ephemeral New York - 5/19/2019
[Editor’s note: Guest writer, Peter Dickson, lives in West Sussex, England and has been working with microfilm copies of The Duncan Campbell Papers from the State Library of NSW, Sydney, Australia. The following are some of his analyses of what he has discovered from reading these papers. Dickson has contributed many transcriptions to the Jamaica Family […]
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Early American Crime - 2/7/2019
A Woman’s Flat-Irony. | Song of the Great Blizzard.

Skating in Central Park.

Skating in Central Park

Winter sports in the metropolis—a skating scene in Central Park. [more]

Not a brighter sight in the world of its kind tan the pond on Central Park when the is is thoroughly fit, and the ominous word ”Danger” relegated to the surrounding groves. Every inch of space is thronged with a mad, merry, healthy, good-natured crowd, while the ring of joyous laughter, mingled with the circular-saw-like buzz of talk and the despairing shrieks of toppling-over skaters, is set in the sound o the swift gliding skate as it cuts its rapid way along the slippery and unyielding ice. Swells in the most “correct” attire spin along beside th “boys” from the Bowery, while Murray Hill belles, in furs worth a king’s ransom, glide swanlike to be jostled by red checked girls, who have taken half a day off from an adjacent factory. All is good humor, all is fun, all is health; and those along appear gloomy who come to look on.


Reprinted from "Skating in Central Park." Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper 3 Mar 1883.