A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase

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Bicycle Detail, Poster of the Société Parisienne, 1895. In September of 1896, British newspapers reported the remarkable use of a bicycle in a New Jersey murder case.  The case involved two men who had both emigrated to America from London in the early 1890s.  One of these men was a farmer named Mr. Haggett who settled down with his family… Continue reading A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase

A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters…And Their Cats!

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‘As the supply alluded to is to be levied upon all old maids, beyond a certain age, and intitled to certain yearly or other income; I make no doubt but both Houses of Parliament will speedily manifest their hearty concurrence thereto.’ The London Magazine, 1777. A Visit to Grandmother by John Raphael Smith after Thomas James Northcote, 1785.(Five Colleges and… Continue reading A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters…And Their Cats!

Once You’ve Flashed Your Podiatrist … You Can’t Help but Become a Writer

  Diana Belchase here: Today I’m super excited to welcome guest blogger Chris Campillo to BookSmart! Chris is the kind of person everyone loves — she’s the girl next door, a gal who always has your back, a phenomenal writer with a great sense of humor, and a stand up comic. When this Texas mom isn’t taking care of her kids, her home, and working … Continue reading Once You’ve Flashed Your Podiatrist … You Can’t Help but Become a Writer