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When Did the FBI Start Using “Wanted” Posters?

On a December night in 1919, a 23-year-old soldier named William N. Bishop managed to slip out of the stockade at Virginia’s Camp A.A. Humphreys and escape into the surrounding woods. Unable to locate Bishop, the army requested the assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Division of Investigation, the precursor to the Federal Bureau of [...]

10 People Who Made a Fortune During the Depression

Note: This article was originally published in 2009. We’re knee deep in server migration this week, so forgive us for reposting a few oldies/goodies. Even during our country’s worst economic downturn, some folks still knew how to make a buck—many bucks, in fact. 1. Babe Ruth The Sultan of Swat was never shy about conspicuous consumption. While baseball [...]