@TweetsofOld: Late-1800s Twitter recounts wayward cowboys, electricity and women in hats

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There is plenty of pre-Internet stuff on the Internet, but Tweets of Old takes it to a new level -- the really old stuff. Culled from late 19th and early 20th century headlines and brief newspaper stories, this account's contribution to the Twitter-verse reminds us that there was a time when women didn't show their ankles and chicken-theft was a common problem. Conveniently, if you desire more in-depth coverage of late-1800s America, Tweets of Old also has a Facebook page, complete with photos and more than 140 characters on your favorite news stories -- like mental patients disturbing train depots, laundry theft from clotheslines and the healing qualities of coffee. If you can believe it, there was once a time when there weren't outlets to plug your iPhone into every five feet of this earth. How coffee shops existed, we're not sure. Oh wait, they didn't. Because working from home meant plowing fields and stuff. Uh, is that a description of, like, every cowboy? Well, except maybe the eye-blinking part. In modern times, he would just be considered a tweeker in an awesome costume. Actually, we could probably wander down Colfax later today and find someone fitting this exact description hanging outside a 7-11, smoking a cigarette next to a dude wearing a wig and house shoes. Can you even imagine? Women not wearing hats insinuating promiscuity? Man, Girls Gone Wild: The 1880's Edition would have been nuts -- ladies flashing their ankles at the world, glancing at men with wayward eyes, and gasp, even taking off their hats. Now that's hot.

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