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Man Dies in Sauerkraut Contest:

​Cabbage and Bootleg Blamed

Los Angeles Evening Herald/February 1, 1922

Flasks in Stockings of Flappers at Exclusive School Brings Arrest of Church Organist

as Rum Seller

Washington Times/July 23, 1922

Child, 11, Admits

Hammering Her Mother to Death

Spartanburg Herald-Journal/April 5, 1940


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"New York Noveletic:Broadway is flooded with ambitious youth. Such were this stage-struck girl and newcomer-wrighter—ambitious in love . . . You can see hundreds of them in New York making park benches their thrones, holding hands in movie balconies or chop-suey joints—walking along the Drive, drinking in the moon and stars—not saying a word—while music runs through their veins and their hearts dance . . . All they hope, pray and hunger for is success. They want life to hug them and make their cheeks bloom . . . Two young people in a strange town finding a home in each other’s memory. Well, one day she got a bit part in a show, clicked and was whisked off to Hollywood . . . He went into an ad agency.

        For a while love letters were swapped at a fast clip, then the traffic slowed down, limped along, and finally ceased . . . Love had “taken a powder” . . . A run-out . . . They were riding to the moon on their careers, they couldn’t think of anything else . . . Soon, Christmas cards were their only contact. And now they both have everything they came to New York to get—dreams come true . . . But they are not as happy as they were when they had nothing—except each other."

                                                      --Walter Winchell, "New York Heartbeat," May 3, 1940

 The Last Rail: Building the Transcontinental Railroad

An Archive Collection

 Ceremonies on Laying the Last Rail

 The Weekly Arizonan/June 5, 1869

 The Road That is Built

 Montana Post/May 14, 1869

 The Last Rail

 Highland Weekly News/May 20, 1869

         "The editor of the Barnacle has a hobby which he has ridden for a number of years, to the perfect satisfaction of his readers and the unspeakable delight of ourselves. That hobby—now somewhat sore in the back—is the Darwinian theory. How much the rider knows about his horse will be seen from the following, upon the freedom of thoughts: “One man is not to be deterred from advocating the Darwinian theory because his neighbor is shocked at the idea that man is a development of the monkey.” Very true, but he ought to be debarred from advocating it if he shocks his neighbor at his utter ignorance of what it really is. The Darwinian theory, James, does not imply that man is “a development of the monkey,” but that both are descended from a common parent. See the difference? Your error is the same as if you should claim to be the offspring of a mule, instead of admitting that the ass is the father of both the mule and yourself. In the one case you would assert a physical impossibility, in the other you would simply support an extremely probable hypothesis.."

From The Archive's Special Collections!

Reporting: Immigrants.

OUR new and unique collection of original historical reporting on immigration covers political and cultural aspects of an exceptional, and hotly debated, American institution.

The Fascism


is Coming to The Archive

June, 2017

"What . . . No Kardashians??"

Coming Soon to

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Fatty A.


Can the biased and dishonest media give a fair and balanced treatment to an overweight slob and mediocre talent whose most notable 

accomplishment was taking a flying leap onto a naked actress in a San Francisco hotel, and killing her?

Find out in The Archive

May, 2017

Ambrose Bierce on Evolution

San Francisco News Letter/August 31, 1869

Science Department

A collection of H.L. Mencken's brilliant literary criticism is now available in

The Archive's new and ever-expanding


"Smart Set Collection"

Special to

The Archive

How Whites Smoke Opium in Chinatown

Haunts of “Hop Heads” in the Mongolian Quarter

Many Dens are Open

Blind Annie’s “Joint” on Jackson Street Frequented by Girls and Men

In Defiance of the Laws

The Veil Slightly Drawn from Some of the Worst Resorts in San Francisco

from the 

San Francisco Call

August 4, 1895