No. 543
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
October 18, 2021

Skating in Central Park.

Winter sports in the metropolis—a skating scene in Central Park.
February 9, 2015
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The "Memoirs" of Sir John Reresby (1634-1689) contain a reference to a minor witch trial which somehow morphed into one of the oddest "ghost" sightings on record: Leaving the public affairs for a while, at this untoward pass, I would venture to take notice of a private occurrence which made some noise at York. The assizes being there held on the 7th of March, 1686-7, an old woman was
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Strange Company - 10/18/2021
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Youth With Executioner by Nuremberg native Albrecht Dürer … although it’s dated to 1493, which was during a period of several years when Dürer worked abroad. November 13 [1617]. Burnt alive here a miller of Manberna, who however was lately engaged as a carrier of wine, because he and his brother, with the help of […]
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Executed Today - 11/13/2020
Sometimes a painting has so much rich detail, it just knocks you out. That was my reaction to this magnificent scene of the Third Avenue Railroad Depot between 65th and 66th Streets, painted two years after the depot opened in 1857. Amazingly, the painter of this “precise representation” of the depot, William H. Schenck, was […]
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Ephemeral New York - 10/18/2021
[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 very anxious and excited man arrived at the jail in Ann Arbor, Michigan, around midnight, October 22, 1871. He told the jailer he was unwell and wanted to sleep in the jail that night. The jailor decided it was in everyone’s best interest to give him what he wanted. As he locked the cell door, the man burst out crying but would not say why. The following morning the jailor released him. The man
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Murder By Gaslight - 10/16/2021
First response from the Sourdough Associationto Jefferson R. Smith from Clara JohnsonJeff Smith collection(Click image to enlarge)     lease try to attend and thus forward the spirit of the Sourdough." Soapy Smith's son contacts the Sourdough Reunion, 1951      Seventy years ago, at some date previous to February 15, 1951, Soapy Smith's son, sixty-five year old Jefferson Randolph Smith III
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 9/17/2021
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.