Minding the GAPE – February 2020


A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web.

Local remembrance of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot

On the success of front porch presidential campaigns

A series of blog posts on postcards and the “visual city”:

When women campaigned to ban public spitting in New York City

A profile of inventor Marjorie S. Joyner

Lessons from an 1890s opium epidemic

How a novelist set the historical scene of early-twentieth-century Arizona

What we can learn from “kissing warnings” during the 1918 influenza pandemic

On movie piracy pioneers and copyright law

Arsenic, a murder conviction, and the mystery of Valentine’s Meat Juice

Women as hygiene gatekeepers and the handwashing gender-gap

The Progressive Era science behind reversing the Chicago River

Recovering the story behind a sculpture and recognizing the Osage leader Shonke Mon-thi^ at the National Portrait Gallery

Black women financial power-brokers in the early twentieth century

A suffrage historian reads a suffrage romance novel

Uncovering the remnants of a 19th-century red-light district and Chinatown in Montana

A century before Goop, there was Madame Yale


Cover image: “Leap-Year” by J. Keppler, Puck, v. 15, no. 368 (March 1884), Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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