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What Is Art?
The question "What is art?", like so many other questions of a similarly fundamental nature is usually ,asked by two entirely different groups of people. There are those who, like Pilate asking: "What is Truth?", shrug their shoulders without waiting for an answer because they do not believe there is an answer to the query.
The Gamblers Won Both Sides of the War
Gambling, the traditional relaxation of soldiers, was particularly rampant during the War between the States. The boys in blue and the boys in gray alike were addicted to faro, poker, casino, euchre, monte, seven-up, and chuck-a-luck.
Never Go to a Horse Race
The Revolution had dealt horse racing in America a blow, but by 1820 it was again a popular national sport. Money was plentiful and high purses an incentive to breed thoroughbreds and train them for racing. The intersectional contests between North and South aroused such partisan enthusiasm that in spite of the efforts of reform-minded educators even the very young took to betting.
The Serpent
Lotteries were endemic in the U.S. during the nineteenth century. By 1827 New York had two hundred lottery offices. Visitors, according to one newspaper, had the impression that "one-half of the citizens got their living by affording opportunity to the rest."
The Big Fishes and the Sharks
The violent and gaudy decades between the Civil War and the Spanish-American War saw waste and wealth, disillusionment and glamour - and the robber barons. In dustries were rising and ripening, and monopolies and trusts were formed and manipulated by relentlessly audacious opportunists. Legislatures could be bought and banks dominated by men who gambled for the highest stakes on the stock market.
Dr. Parkhurst's Scandalous Sermon
Upper-class gambling in the 1880s followed upper-class society uptown. Twenty-third to Thirty-fourth Streets, along Fifth Avenue and Broadway and the lively edge of the Tenderloin, became the center of chance and sin. The stretch along Broadway was known in sporting circles as "Bunko Land."
Hell's to Pay
No private gambling ventures could touch those that took place in Wall Street. Titans of the 1860s, men with private lives of perfect probity, who would never have dreamed of using marked cards in a poker game, pulled off highly questionable stock deals. The very word "deal" was a euphemism for sheer swindle. Typically, an Arizona mine was capitalized at five hundred thousand dollars, in five hundred thousand shares of one dollar each.
Bet and Be a Man
The Gay Nineties was a freebootinG age in America. Gambling started at the top, and that remarkable Southern journalist and politician, Henry Watterson, has left us an engaging account of the great at play around the poker table.
The Twentieth Century comes down the Track
In the first decade of the twentieth century there were three ways that Americans bet a half-billion dollars annually on horse races. The most privileged (six million) people went to the tracks. The least privileged resorted to handbooks. In between stood the poolroom.
To Reform is as Human as to Err
In the Western United States, where gambling had had a pretty square history, reform was at first aimed less at outlawing than at keeping it on the level. Early in the century New Mexico and Arizona experimented with legalized gambling, each device paying $500 toward public schools and general funds.
The Cop and The Corpse
About two hours after midnight on the morning of July 16, 1912, a gambler sauntered from the dining room of New York's Hotel Metropole on Forty-third Street and stepped out to the street. Except for four young men and one or two passers-by it was deserted. The four men walked up to about nine feet from where the gambler stood under the entrance lights. They were Louis Rosenburg, called Lefty Louie, Jacob Seidensheimer, known as Whitey Lewis, Dago Frank (Frank Cirofici), and Gyp the Blood (Harry Horowitz).
The Good Colonel
The late Frank Crowninshield, an ornament to society and a ranking wit, advised millionaires from the West, eager to break into the Social Register, and marry off their daughters, to go to Palm Beach, which "was not exclusive, but merry, sumptuous and expensive" and where there was "a chance to meet many men in the gambling rooms."
Animated Dominoes, Dice
No matter how tough the police make it, a compulsive ivory roller can find ways and means to pull the law's leg. A devoted band of Ne-ro dice shooters in a small Alabama town wearied of being raided and, on the basis of evidence found on the premises, fined or jailed. They switched to miniature dice in September 1927.
The Banker Who Welshed, Arnold Rothstein
The mystery of the life and death of Arnold Rothstein will probably never be solved, though his story starts conventionally enough-in gambling terms. Arnold's father was a successful cotton converter in New York and hoped that his son would, in time, step into his shoes.
The Greatest Gamble
The soldiers of World War I whored and gambled as soldiers always have but the official attitude, supported by civilian puritanism, was merely to put both sports out of bounds. Since abstinence was unenforceable, the venereal rate and the loss of wages at gaming were staggering.
So Far In Play
When Richard Canfield died in 1914, the nineteenthcentury code of gambling died with him. Men had shot and killed each other across gaming tables on the Missis sippi and in the gold fields of the West, but it took the twentieth century to make gamblers mobsters and to parlay the man-to-man duel into the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Items Used As Money
Numismatics can cover a wide variety of items. The term does not necessarily refer only to coins and paper money. It refers to items that were used as a medium of exchange. Many items were so used. In the early days of civilization the first steps away from barter were the acceptance of some easily movable item as a medium of exchange.
Victorian Furnishings
Old Victorian furnishings are once again assuming importance in the decorating of our homes. Faced with the shortage of new furniture, many of us are recognizing a new value and usefulness in the products of the Victorian era. Down from the attics and out of storerooms the quaint, dusty old pieces have come, to be reupholstered and rejuvenated with polish and paint.
Two American Master Portrait Painters
There is probably very little divergence from the opinion that the two leading early American portrait painters were John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart. It is rather a queer coincidence that they went to England within a year of each other- Copley in 1774 and Stuart in 1775. What awaited them in London was entirely different.
Sir Joshua Reynolds - Portraits Of Fair Women
The French and English schools of painting have afforded us many examples of portraits of fair women. Some of the best known of these are of the eighteenth century but there were charming subjects produced in the first half of the nineteenth century which in their grace and distinction rivaled those of the preceding era.
Museum News - Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Ewers, incense burners, boxes, and other objects from Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, and Egypt, chiefly bronze and brass work with silver inlay, in an exhibition drawn from the Museum's collection, one of the finest in the world. Examples of Islamic jewelry in gold filigree and stone inlay and enamel will also be shown.
Gold Coins: Small Change In Gold
Shortly after the discovery of gold in California and the West, the shortage of small change caused the use of all sorts of mediums for business transactions. Gold dust was popular, a pinch being equivalent to a dollar. Mien with large fingers were in demand! Soon, however, small change was coined out of gold, and we come to the California small gold 25c, 50c, and $1.
Ansonia Clocks
The name "Ansonia" was an important one in the American Clock Industry for a period of roughly 80 years, from its beginning in 1851 to its end in 1930. The Ansonia Clock Company was formed in 1851 by The Ansonia Brass Company. The purpose was, undoubtedly, to provide a captive market for brass which was the product of its parent company.
A Set Of Gold Victorian Jewelry
This handsome gold Tiffany parure, consisting of brooch and earrings, was made in 1871. It reflects the American post-Civil War taste for elegance in decoration. In a red leather box, red velvet lined, this set is on display in the Chicago Historical Society museum.
Apache Indian Playing Cards
Little is known of the origin of playing cards; however Italian records of the 14th century give us our first data in the Western World. By the time of Columbus, playing cards were in wide use throughout Europe, and the suit symbols of the various countries were becoming standardized.
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