Yesterday’s card introduced us to Anthony Comstock, that paragon of virtue and morality (that’s sarcasm, fyi). Comstock wasn’t only concerned with such “obscenities” as educating women about their bodies, he was also a fighter of fraud. From fake lottery tickets to bum sewing machines and guns to snake-oil type medicines, the 1860s were fraught with fraud (is that grammatically correct? I like the alliteration…). My favorite was ads for a belt that would make the wearer invisible.
Read all 588 pages of Comstock’s book, Fraud’s Exposed, at archive.org (one of the best sites on the web).