Posts Tagged: New York Times

   
While I’m bouncing back from my previous week of R&R (hint: fridge re-stocking and massive laundry are involved), here’s a re-post about bank robbers and counterfeiters in the 19th century that you may find interesting.  Enjoy! *************************** Some 19th century criminals weren’t as smooth and polished as the “Sting” style con-men (and women), or the…

   
Since winter is just around the corner, I thought you’d enjoy a little nugget of Victorian winter recreation. The Central Park “lakes” were connected to the city’s water system, and in the winter the depth of the lake was lowered so that the water would freeze better. Ice skating was an enormously popular pastime,when the…

   
  Ahh, Labor Day weekend.  The last gasp of summer leisure.  ALL of the children going back to school.  Parents have been kissing college freshmen goodbye and returning to quieter homes (mostly).  It’s the first weekend of college football, too, when many of us ransack our closets for those college colors to wear, either in front of the…

   
Okay, so you’re an ordinary citizen, making your way in the late-19th century world (specifically the American corner of the world).  Let’s say you’re a cautious and astute person: you keep a tight grip on your wallet or pocket-book in crowds, to the chagrin of those sly pickpockets out there; you don’t fall for those…