Dead Wild Roses: Comfort Wives and Rape Rooms in West Virginian Coal Industry (1890’s)

In the category of appalling but unsurprising when it comes to the exploitation of labour by capital, we have this “charming” vignette: “Joy Lynn, who now co-owns the Whipple Company Store and has turned it into a museum, told Kline she has had as many 10 women visit the museum who referred to the third-floor ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Come on Baby, Do the Locomotion

Capable of doing zero-to-sixty in less than ten seconds, the Flannigan Repto-Buggy was a big seller right after President Rutherford B. Hayes started building the Great Chicken Highway. Thousands of tender birds were released on the roads every day, giving … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: I Am the Leggman

There is no more tragic story from the early days of cycling than the legendary Vance (The Leggman) Leggstrong. For a period of nearly a decade, none could match his feats of strength, endurance and mind-bending willpower on the Penny … Continue reading →