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Over-the-Counter Heroin You can't make this stuff up! From 1898 to 1910 you could legally buy heroin over the counter from your local druggist. It was marketed as a non-addictive morphine substitute and a cough medicine for children!
Tags: heroin  narcotics  drugs 
Added: 18th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Honus Wagner baseball card The most valuable sports card in the world features Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner. Printed by the American Tobacco Company in 1910, the card is quite rare. Only about 60 are known to exist. Their scarcity can be attributed to Wagner himself. A non-smoker, Wagner objected to his likeness being used to promote tobacco. The company acquiesced to Wagner's wishes and withdrew the card from production--but not before a number had entered the market. The most splendid example of the Wagner Card sold at auction in February 2007 for $2.35 million.
Tags: Honus  Wagner  baseball  card 
Added: 22nd November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Godless Canadian Coins 1911 Except for one year, all Canadian coins have featured the phrase 'DEI GRA' or 'DEI GRATIA' on the obverse side. The Latin words mean 'by the grace of God' and refer to the reign of the monarch whose likeness appears on the coin. The year 1911 was the lone exception. George V had ascended to the throne in 1910, so 1911 was the first year he was featured on British Empire coinage. Because of an oversight or a misunderstanding (nobody is quite certain), the phrase was omitted from Canadian coins in 1911--much to the outrage of the public. (Some people blame the Liberal goverment's defeat in the federal election that year on the 'godless' coins.) The phrase was restored to Canadian coinage in 1912 and has appeared every year since then.
Tags: numismatics  coins  Canada 
Added: 7th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Christmas Shoppers sometime between 1910 and 1915 . . .
Tags: vintage      photo 
Added: 4th May 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
Jack Johnson Vs James Jeffries The most socially significant boxing match ever contested pitted world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson against former champ James Jeffries. Jeffries, who had hung up his gloves in 1904, had been coaxed out of retirement by big money to take on the cocky black champion in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1910. The fight proved to be no contest as Johnson won easily. Race riots erupted all over the United States when the result was announced.
Tags: Jack  Johnson  James  Jeffries 
Added: 20th February 2008
Views: 1300
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Posted By: Lava1964
Biograph Girl Florence Lawrence Canadian born Florence Lawrence was America's first big movie star--but no one knew her name. During the first decade of the twentieth century, movie companies did not publicize their actors' names in order to keep their salaries down. Florence Lawrence made dozens of films for D.W. Griffith's Biograph Company and became the studio's most noteworthy star. Nevertheless she remained anonymous. Known to her fans only as 'the Biograph girl,' she was earning just $25 per week. When she left Biograph in 1910 to join the newly formed IMP company, her new studio started a false rumor that she had been killed in a streetcar accident in St. Louis. It then announced that 'the Biograph girl' was Florence Lawrence. She was alive and well and about to star in a new film for IMP. This was likely the first Hollywood publicity stunt. Lawrence appeared in more than 300 films, but her popularity waned almost as quickly as it had grown. By the 1920s she had only uncredited bit roles and was earning $75 per week. The Great Depression ruined her finanacially and she endured three unhappy marriages. In December 1938, a week before 53rd birthday, Lawrence committed suicide by ingesting ant paste.
Tags: Florence  Lawrence  Biograph  girl 
Added: 4th March 2008
Views: 1196
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Posted By: Lava1964
Canadian National Exhibition Photo 1910 Here is a photo taken at the Canadian National Exhibtion in Toronto, circa 1910.
Tags: CNE  photo 
Added: 24th February 2009
Views: 776
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ty Cobb Steals Third Base This is a terrific action photo snapped by famed baseball photographer Charles Conlon that is nearly 100 years old! (Some sources date the photo to 1909; others claim it was taken in 1910.) Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers steals third base. Jimmy Austin of the Philadelphia Athletics is the third baseman. Austin was upended by Cobb's hard slide. Notice there's no uniform number on Austin's back. They did not come into vogue until the late 1920s.
Tags: Ty  Cobb  Jimmy  Austin  baseball  photo 
Added: 10th August 2008
Views: 1272
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lynch Mob Violence A victim of a lynch mob dangles from a bridge, circa 1910. Between 1889 and 1941, there were at least 3,811 known cases of lynching in the United States. There was never any federal anti-lynching legislation passed because southern politicians saw lynching as a necessity to maintain order in their communities. Many of these acts of vigilantism were photographed and sold as souvenir postcards!
Tags: lynching 
Added: 8th September 2008
Views: 1427
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Posted By: Lava1964
Thanksgiving Revelers  1910 participants in a Thanksgiving pageant in Louisville, Kansas around 1910 . . .
Tags: vintage          Thanksgiving 
Added: 24th November 2008
Views: 962
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Posted By: Teresa

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