Clip of the Week: May 31, 2023

We know what happens to a marriage when a wife has 35 cats, but what about when she has 27 dogs? Answer: the unauthorized sequel to “One Hundred and One Dalmatians.” Dogs to sing a chorus and harmonize domestic infelicity, was an arrangement advised by Magistrate Breen in West Chester police court yesterday. The idea Read More

Clip of the Week: April 5, 2023

Before there was Beyoncé, there was the original single lady: Old Polly Thompson, of Camberwell Workhouse, is the “oldest lady in the land,” for on Monday she celebrates the 107th anniversary of her birthday, and is still hale and hearty. A photograph of the old woman was taken the other day and forwarded to her Read More

Romeo Gone Wrong

It’s that time of year again: cliché greeting cards, overpriced supermarket chocolate and for Second Glance History readers, cringeworthy tales of all the ways love can turn sour. History teaches us that all it takes is a misplaced coffin, one small yawn at your wedding or a passing resemblance to your mother, and you might Read More

Clip of the Week: November 2, 2022

And you thought your family was weird: A Colorado man married his deceased wife’s mother and a New Jersey man has married his grandfather’s widow. England can’t beat that. – The Bryan Morning Eagle, October 15, 1907 They aren’t the only ones in need of a matrimonial agency: . . . As well as a Read More

Clip of the Week: September 7, 2022

Ladies, pull out your wallets: Why should any woman be without a husband when by the expenditure of a small amount of money she can be put in the way of having one or many? At least the experience of a Chicago woman goes to show that potential husbands are waiting on every other corner Read More

The Perfect Foot

Folks, put on your comically oversized nightcap—or pour yourself one—because this week, I have another Cinderella-esque fairy tale to read you. Since this blog is not yet available in podcast form, you’ll have to imagine my dulcet tones and/or high-pitched squeaks as you go along. Once upon a time, in the not-so-faraway land of Chicago, Read More

5 Times Love Didn’t Conquer All

Here at Second Glance History, it’s tradition at this time of year to share stories of love overcoming insurmountable obstacles, again and again. But in the immortal words of Patty Smyth and Don Henley, sometimes, love just ain’t enough. I’m not alone in having learned that the hard way. Patty and Don may not have Read More

Florida Man

As longtime readers know, I like to do my research before I board the plane, and my upcoming visit to the Sunshine State is no different. However, instead of focusing on the sights and cuisine, this time around, I’m learning about the locals. Specifically, Florida Man. For the uninitiated, Wikipedia explains Florida Man as “an Read More

No Fairy Godmother, No Glass Slipper, No Problem

Once upon a time in a not-so-faraway land, there lived a young lady. . . “Pretty Anna” is the name by which everyone knew the beautiful Bohemian Anna Witkower, who for many months was a chambermaid at the Palmer House Hotel, Chicago. . . It’s not the most creative moniker, but it’s better than “Cinderella,” Read More

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