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Owler

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Scary Olden Days Dude

An 1880 Gem tintype on Retronaut –

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1890 Whiskey Bottle

Credit to my college friend Anne Wallace Allen, who posted this to Facebook, saying:

Bottled in Idaho, I guess. Eric keeps finding whiskey bottles in an 1890 house he’s renovating.

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How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s?

How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s? | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

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Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

Faked old photos

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Shim-me-sha-wabble sheet music cover art

This old time cover art slays me.

Shim-me-sha-wabble sheet music cover

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fake olden days in the olden days

1930s publicity shots, 1870s make believe.

From the photo book Vintage Photographs of Arcane Americana

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disturbing head

Does this 1889 bonnet head lady look like anything to you?
old fashioned bonnet head lady looks like a chicken

Hint:
actual chicken

Here’s the source book, including the old sheet music:
actual chicken

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immense habitable buffalo

From ephemerastudies.org:

A giant buffalo-shaped building projected for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, NY.

immense habitable buffalo

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medicine show names

Names of medicine show pitchmen:

  1. Doc Zip Hibler
  2. Mad Cody Fleming
  3. Widow Rollins
  4. Sergeant Poulos
  5. Pens Patterson
  6. the Canadian Kid
  7. Sox Clark
  8. Ask-Me Dodge
  9. the Ragan Twins (Mary and Madaline)
  10. Paperman Dell
  11. Sir Tom Rogers
  12. Doc El Vison (“Lord Dietz”)
  13. Population Charlie
  14. Professor Mayfield
  15. Joe “Fine Arts” Hanks, the punkmugger

(From Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of America’s Blue Yodeler)