Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Funny 2/5

WEEKLY VINCENNES GAZETTE, September 19, 1863
A NEW STYLE OF STEALING

—A Paris paper describes a new style of stealing in that city which, like other Paris fashions, will not be long in getting to this country, and we therefore warn the public against it in time. An elegant lady enters a store accompanied by a nurse carrying a baby dressed in rich embroidery. On leaving, they are supposed to have taken laces, jewelry, &c., as the case may be, and are arrested. An examination proves that the baby has a wax-work face, and a hollow paste-board body which serves as a hiding place for the stolen articles.


In case you were wondering, yes they smuggled things in dolls during the 19th century. And that terrifying modern horror story of the hollowed-out child used to carry drugs? Apparently our ancestors inspired that. Thanks Victorians, for the period accurate Creepypasta!

~Kristen

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