Black and white illustration of an old-timey Bromo-Seltzer medicine bottle tipped on its side.

A Ring and a Bottle

Episode #193

2022-07-22 05:00:18


In 1895, Blanche Chesebrough moved into a small apartment in Gramercy Park, in New York City. She brought a portrait of her parents, a vase for flowers, and her piano. She later said, “music had been my one absorbing interest,” and that she wasn’t interested in getting married. But eventually, she agreed to anyway. When she returned home from her honeymoon, she learned her husband was suspected of murder.

April White’s book is The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier