The famous astronomer also designed the world’s first diving bell

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Edmond Halley. Public Domain, Wikimedia.


Did socialite Florence Burns kill her lover?

Florence Burns.
Florence Burns.
Florence Burns. The Evening World, July 12, 1902. Public Domain.


Flotsam Files III

The Weaker Sex
The Weaker Sex
The Weaker Sex, Charles Dana Gibson, 1903. Library of Congress, Public Domain

Woman Skewers Police Officer With Hatpin


Could this homegrown California aircraft eclipse the Wright Flyer?

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The Zerbe Multi-Plane. Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7, 1909. Public Domain.


Nevada legislators plan to tax bachelors while a husband fakes death to punish his wife.

Old men in Nevada
Old men in Nevada
Nevada Bachelors. Library of Congress, Public Domain.

Remote Weddings now Possible!


Inspired by his hero, teenager outsmarts criminal

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Cover of “Diamond Dick in the Oil Fields.” University of South Florida Collections, Public Domain.


Was the shooting of Norman Cook justifiable homicide or a brutal murder?

Indiana Farmhouse.
Indiana Farmhouse.
Indiana Farmhouse. Library of Congress. Public Domain.


Pornographic postcards, Methodists on betting, and a crusading newspaper leads a crackdown on Seattle’s “automaniacs”

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French postcard (detail). Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Obscene Postcards Vex the Postmaster


What would you sacrifice for true love?

Soap Advertisement
Soap Advertisement
Soap Advertisement. Library of Congress, Public Domain.


Saint Cuthbert’s Way, Part Eight: Lindisfarne

Ruins of the Priory Church, Lindisfarne
Ruins of the Priory Church, Lindisfarne
Ruins of the Priory Church, Lindisfarne. Author photograph.

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Author and history professor. Excavating the past for fun and profit. Web-site: www.richardjgoodrich.com

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