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Pomeroy‘s Democrat, 1869-1870. This is kind of a Frankenclipping of tweets I gleaned from 3 or 4 editions of Pomeroy’s Democrat, which is a fascinating paper. Editor and eponym Mark “Brick” Pomeroy was a lippy freethinker, a vicious negrophobe (I mean even by the standards of his day), a hack political partisan, a fizzing misogynist, a staunch Mason and a terminal smart aleck. I adore his writing. Olive Logan was a contemporary actress and author and boy, did Pomeroy ever have it in for her. He’s always taking these random shots at her about her immense feet, how they eclipse the footlights when she’s on stage, etc. Palpitators, I am delighted to learn, is an archaic name for falsies. “Grecian bend” = “among women, an affected carriage of the body, the upper part being inclined forward,” says a 1913 Wesbter’s.

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2 Comments

  1. Eh. Mormons. Always good for a thrill of horror. Darn the late 19th century.

    What kind of $500 pin would be so gender-neutral that either a woman or a young man would wear it?

    I swear, these things are so cryptic.

  2. “What kind of $500 pin would be so gender-neutral that either a woman or a young man would wear it?”

    Is an interesting question. I sort of wondered whether the point of the item wasn’t that it proved the fella to be an effeminate sort.


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