Russian Civil War Snags Aberg and Lurich

aleksander-aberg-title

Estonia gave birth to three of the greatest wrestlers of the first two decades of the 20th Century: Georg Lurich, George Hackenschmidt and Aleksander “Alex” Aberg.  As part of the Russian Empire at the time, Estonia contained a number of elementary and high schools with superior physical education programs. Lurich and Hackenschmidt both started out as weightlifters and transitioned into

Share
» Read more

Policewomen Break Up Theft Ring in 1919

louise-pfeiffer

The Tuesday Evening, February 18, 1919, edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch detailed the arrest of two men and two women for the theft of numerous luxury items.  Aware that a shoplifting ring was working a couple of the local jewelry stores, the St. Louis Police Department assigned several undercover police women to follow the suspects.  Their work resulted in the

Share
» Read more

Dave Shade Battles NY Police

dave-shade-boxer

Between 1918 and 1935, Charles D. “Dave” Shade fought all the talented welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight boxers at the time.  Shade employed a defensive boxing style over 249 professional bouts leading to his reputation as a clever boxer.  When he met the New York Police in January 1933, Shade’s science went out the window.  It was a pure brawl.

Share
» Read more

What Are “B” Films?

mr-wong-detective

“B” films resulted from Hollywood distribution companies implementing a double bill or two movies screening strategy at theaters they owned.  When the Great Depression led movie goers to start forgoing films between 1930 and 1932, Hollywood studios, which still controlled production and distribution, came up with the idea of showing two films back-to-back to give customers more bang for their buck.

Share
» Read more
1 2 3 84