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Bertha_Heyman, "one of the smartest confidence women in America", "the boldest and most expert of the many female adventuresses who infest the country."

A scold's bridle is a British invention, possibly originating in Scotland, used between the 16th and 19th Century. It was a device used to control, humiliate and punish gossiping, troublesome women by effectively gagging them. The scold's bridle was also known as the 'gossiping bridle' and was commonly used by husbands on their nagging or swearing wives. The device was occasionally used on men; however, it was primarily used on women who agitated the male-dominated society of the era.

"From the moment I entered the insane ward on the Island, I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity. I talked and acted just as I do in ordinary life. Yet strange to say, the more sanely I talked and acted, the crazier I was thought to be by all...." Wrote Elizabeth Cochrane, aka Nellie Bly, in her book 'Ten Days in a Madhouse.'

Annie Green -- a pickpocket who always chose her victims froml white men in the Barbary Coast -- the police never could get anyone to prosecute her as they would not admit having anything to do with a black woman.

American manufacturer: Edward D. Depew & Co., 14 & 16 Harrison Street, NY - about c.1880 - c.1900. Laudanum, a solution of opium and alcohol, was commonly used as a painkiller and a sedative in the 19th, and early 20th-century, during America's Gilded Age era. (Image: Smithsonian Institution) ~~ {cwl}

The first woman to ask for divorce and lead an army, Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122) lived until she was 82 (pretty good considering most died in their 40s). She got a formal education, which was really rare for women in that era. There are rumours that she poisoned her second husband Henry II’s mistress, the Fair Rosamund.

Marlene Dietrich. There's a reason it is considered " The Golden Age" of Hollywood. They just don't make real "stars" anymore. :::le sigh:::