Said to be the first Joker card, circa 1863, for use when playing euchre.
The daughter of Pelon Escapite holds her father’s trophy. Photo by David Lominska.
Illustration by Ellis Silas in The River Pirates (1931) by Herbert Strang
Henry Stanton made matches, first in Amsterdam, N.Y., and then in Syracuse from 1864 to 1881, at a factory on East Water Street near the Erie Canal.
Frederick Dunlap (1859-1902) was a second baseman in major league baseball from 1880 to 1891, playing for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys from 1888 to 1890. His career ended in 1891 when, while playing for the Washington Statesmen, he broke his leg sliding into a base; rather than list him as disabled and put him on half-pay, the team owner simply fired him. Dunlap went into the construction business, bet on the horses, and lost his savings of $100,000. He died at the age of 43, and a former player who attended his funeral said, “There were not enough friends of Dunlap at his funeral to bury him and we had to call on the hack drivers to make up the list of active pall-bearers.”
Vintage sewing needles picturing the USS Maine, which was sunk in Havana harbor in February of 1898, leading to the Spanish-American War, and Admiral George Dewey, the hero of Manila Bay, who sank or captured the entire Spanish Pacific fleet in six hours on the first day of May, with the loss of only one American life.