Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?


Spiraling Crime

Everyone loves to talk about how much worse things are now than they were then. The golden-age fallacy causes us to imagine that our current state of sin and corruption is a decline from the high standards of the generations before us.

Thanks to the Library of Congress’ collection of printed ephemera, here is a notice (click to enlarge) that would have greeted hotel guests in Pittsburgh in the Victorian age, that time of strict morality and righteous virtue:

guests-of-this-house

See a random picture
and become a better person

You could buy this book
if you wanted a book.

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