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An original photo bought in San Franciso about 15 years ago. It's a classic image of Lotta Crabtree smoking a cigar. She was a major singer-actress in the 1880s earning up to 5K a week and when she died in 1924 she left an estate worth 4 million. She donated a fountain to San Fran at Market & Kearny where people meet to mark the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake.
ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of David Hobby] Note included: “ “David Hobby who went to California at the time of the gold fever in 1847. He always wore his hair long…“ ”
Sporadic tumblings on the African Diaspora in the Americas. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Dollie Mickey: Dolly Mickey -- a pickpocket in the "Barbary Coast" of San Francisco. "She would not stop at murder to get her victim's money. After a number of arrests she was finally sent to the County Jail for six months. In March, 1906 she left town."
(10/23/1810-5/18/1848) ~ William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr., born on St. Croix, Danish West Indies, now the US Virgin Islands, was a highly successful & enterprising businessman. A West Indian immigrant of African Cuban, possibly Carib, Danish & Jewish ancestry, William became a US citizen in New Orleans in 1834. He migrated to California in 1841, then under Mexican rule, settling in Yerba Buena (San Francisco), a village of c. 30 European-Mexican families. A Sacramento highway bears his…