January 6, 1907
Ladies – never underestimate the importance of accessorizing. Not only can the right accessory take an outfit from drab to fab, but it may also successfully repel a mugger.
In the early 1900s the standard for female beauty was set by the fictional “Gibson Girl”. Created and popularized by the illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, the Gibson Girl was depicted as a subtle teaser of men. She was statuesque and graceful with an impossibly tiny waist. Her long hair was styled in a sophisticated cascade of curls piled high upon her head. It was a challenge to wear a hat on such big hair, so the clever Gibson Girls used hatpins which were more than a foot long.
It was 11:30 pm on the evening of January 6, 1907, when Miss Florence Young and two of her actress pals were walking home from the Grand Opera House on
The gutsy gals did their best to restrain their attacker but, even though he was wounded, he proved to be too strong for them. He wrenched himself from their grasp and hastily exited stage left.