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  • 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.

  • Diane Emerson

    ~ The Chicago Blue Book, 1908. A female private detective in 1908?Awesome.

  • Sand Piper

    1908 - Private Detective Agency - ad promoting a female detective

  • ThriftHound2000

    My future business card! Previous pinner wrote: "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:"

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Mary Sullivan, first female police detective of NYPD. 1911.

  • Edie Spencer

    my mom lived in an apartment in NYC, with two children and a her spouse, for $180/month. It was described as being horrifyingly expensive. Now that same apartment was turned into a coop and last sold for $400,000. YIKES.

  • Peggy Bair

    I remember those days!

  • Vickie Gross

    Go to "" to see how much that is now!

  • Deb McAulay

    Anyone remember this, I do!

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Well I don't think its a reason but it does sound fun. ;)

Worried about YOUR brakes? OMG look like you just saw your husband naked for the first time!! Edna, calm down. They are just brakes. Maybe some NERVINE pills would help!


7-up, 1945 I don't remember this bottle.....I was only is unique. Looks like a beer bottle.

80s Garfield Toy by ReneeVintage

kaleidoscope--the first one I had gotten as a gift was from the folks and I was in awe of what I could do with it. Spent hours playing with it.

Libbie Henrietta Hyman (1888-1969) graduated from the University of Chicago in 1910 and earned a Ph.D. degree from Chicago in 1915. She stayed at the university with an appointment as a research assistant until 1931 because, despite her pioneering work on classification of invertebrates and her publication volume (six major books and over 100 articles), other universities would not hire her because she was Jewish. In 1937 she was appointed as a research associate at the American Museum of Nat...