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Finding aid of the Abraham Anthony Scrapbook
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This book contains newspaper clippings from San Francisco newspapers of Abraham Anthony's police career as a detective in the San Francisco Police Department.
Abraham Anthony appears to have been a police officer, with the rank of detective, in the San Francisco Police Department in the late 19th, early 20th century. He was known as, in the words of a Sunday Call article entitled "The Most Successful 'Woman-Hunter' of Our Western World", (no date). The article goes on to note: "For nearly nineteen years Detective Anthony has devoted himself to the task of looking up feminine truants, who, by their own volition or by some trick of circumstance, have become lost to the world that knew them before the black curtain of mystery fell between them and their former surroundings." The article does not give any background biographical information on Anthony, but recounts his exploits in his work in San Francisco. The article reproduces a photograph of Anthony, and concludes, " Women and girls are puzzling," concluded Detective Anthony - but he is neither the first nor the last man to so decide." The article was written by F. McMahon. Anthony is listed at 924 1/2 Post in San Francisco in the 1890 City Directory, his occupation listed as "policeman".
1 scrapbook (123 pages) 16 inches by 12 inches
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