“Read All About It”: Rasslin’, Table Rappin’, and Wreckin’

These news articles appeared in local papers between 1884 and 1922.

In 1884 the Fort Worth Gazette reported that a tattooed woman had given birth to a tattooed baby. Note that the article says there were only three tattooed women in America in 1884. Today there are that many ahead of you in the checkout line at Walmart.

On June 10, 1890, the Gazette noted an upcoming Greco-Roman rasslin’ match at the Fort Worth Opera House between Professor Will Willie and Captain Tom Shields. Women and children were promised no offense to good taste.

(If you’re keeping score, Shields won the match two falls to one. The professor then offered $250 to any man in the house who could beat him in a horse race. The professor had one taker: Captain Tom Shields.)

In 1895 the opera house presented a séance by Miss Eva Eddy.

On March 17, 1918, the Star-Telegram reported a three-fer. Three men powered by high-octane fuel drove their car into a buggy, a truck, and a streetcar.

The truck was driven by Noah Burton, who lived at Stop 6 of the interurban line. Burton was in the news one other time. In the bottom brief, note that his daughter was referred to as a “consort.” Today the word consort usually means “the spouse of a reigning monarch.” A century and more ago consort also meant “wife of a living man.” Upon that man’s death, his wife became his widow or relict.

In 1922 the Star-Telegram reported on a skit scheduled at the Majestic Theater. “Visions of 1971” looked almost a half century into the future to a time when, based on how skimpy female fashions had become by 1922, women would be wearing almost nothing.

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One Response to “Read All About It”: Rasslin’, Table Rappin’, and Wreckin’

  1. Steve A says:

    Perhaps the Startlegram was forshadowing the “page 3” of modern British papers?

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