Con artists were no strangers to early New York City. At one time or another, nearly every major landmark in the city had been sold by a ‘matchstick man’ or grifter. Around the turn of the twentieth century one such fraud was successfully performed by two men who targeted an artifact of slightly less renown: The Great West Point Chain.
Greetings, folks! Just finished a new Bookworm History episode over on the YouTube channel all about the stories behind “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Check it out, let me know what you think in the comments, and, as always, enjoy the rest of your day!
Greetings, folks! Here’s the latest Bookworm History episode for your podcast enjoyment! This one’s all about one of the most enigmatic books ever written, the “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”! Enjoy!
Combining Biblical tales, military history, myths, and Greco-Roman classics with over 1,800 gorgeous woodcut illustrations “The Nuremberg Chronicle” is one of the most captivating books ever printed (and one of the lesser known!) Check it out and, as always, enjoy the rest of your day!
While nowadays it seems a foregone conclusion that the United States capital city is Washington DC, for the first 100 years of the country’s existence it was hardly so defined. The location, ten square miles straddling the Potomac River with portions in both Maryland and Virginia, was established by law in 1790 with the Permanent Seat of Government Act (legislation recently dramatized by the song “The Room Where It Happens” from the musical Hamilton), but this didn’t satisfy all Americans. Over the course of the young country’s first century, the topic of where to locate the capital would come up three more times.
While doing work for a story I stumbled upon an article that appeared in the New York Herald-Tribune on October 26, 1930 with the headline “Sunken Fort Victoria, Menace to Navigation, is Blasted Downward Into Floor of Bay”. It’s not what I was looking for, but with a headline like that how could I resist?