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    Women detective in the late 1800's.

    • Cassy Ccb

      1908 advertisement for Cora Strayer's detective agency, founded by her in 1902 (a little creative licence used in the ad stating est.1880! naughty!) She found her niche as a Ladies' Detective Agency, long before Alexander McCall Smith and Mma Ramotswe! This tickles me so much. Information compiled by Chicago history buff, Paul Reda, with more details and earlier line ads after the click through.

    • Melissa

      punkrockgaia: “ criminalwisdom: “ MISS CORA M. STRAYER’S PRIVATE DETECTIVE AGENCY» ” READ THE LINK. This woman was wild. ”

    • French Connection Research

      Cora Strayer lived on the South Side of Chicago at the turn of the 20th century, at which time she seemed to be running a private detective agency. Full story here:

    • Vintage of 1941

      1908 ad for Miss Cora M. Strayer's Private Detective Agency. More research at the source link. (Not exactly fashion, but needed to be pinned!)

    • L T

      "The Victorian's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Miss Cora Strayer’s Private Detective Agency, Established 1890"

    • Rebekah Cornell

      Miss Cora Strayer’s Private Detective Agency, Established 1890. I have to say this is pretty amazing

    • Sable Jak

      A contemporary of Rebecca. Although Rebecca is fictional, this lady was not, nor were the many women who actually DID work for private detective agencies in London during the 1890's.

    • kayla

      "Strayer lived on the South Side of Chicago at the turn of the 20th century, at which time she seemed to be running a private detective agency. What the researcher came up with was a timeline that involved nothing less than intrigue, a secret abortion, and a pretty fair amount of alcohol"

    • 𝒮𝒶𝓃𝒹𝓅𝒾𝓅𝑒𝓇

      1908 - Private Detective Agency - ad promoting a female detective

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