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http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-C-Frank_James_portrait.jpg
Frank James (1843-1915) was part of the notorious James-Younger Gang. He and his younger brother, Jesse James, roamed the South and Midwest robbing banks and running from the law for over thirty years. The most famous incident was the disastrous…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-C-Frank_James-1883-01-AB.jpg
Frank James (1843-1915) lived in Nashville from 1877 to 1881 and went by the alias Ben J. Woodson. At one point, he resided at 814 Fatherland Street in what is now called East Nashville. While living in and around the city, Frank worked as a…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-C-Clyde_Barrow-Jan_2_1932.jpg
This photograph of Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) cannot be confirmed though the writing on the back reads “Jan. 2, 1932 too much work- next time I will youse a tractor- bonnie is laughing at me- the sherrif cant shoot a dam- Clyde.” Bonnie Parker…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-C-Bonnie_and_Clyde-San_Antonio-April_3_1932.jpg
This photograph is purportedly of the outlaw couple Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) taken on April 3, 1932, in San Antonio, Texas. These two, along with their gang, were the scourge of the Southwest during the early 1930s. The…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0049-Jesse_James_lyrics-B01-F96-A.jpg
The outlaw Jesse James has been depicted in story and song since his murder in 1882 at the hands of Robert Ford. The lyrics used in songs are mostly biographical and detail his and his gang’s exploits. In many of these stories he is portrayed as a…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/20150417SG036.jpg
The Beaumont-Adams revolver is a muzzle-loading, double-action, percussion revolver created by the London firm of Deane, Adams and Deane from 1856 to 1880. Over 250,000 revolvers were produced, many being sold to firms in the United States. Both…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/Murder_Can_Be_Fun-no.14-J_Marr-1992.jpg
Issue number 14 of John Marr's "Murder Can Be Fun" zine tells the story of "going postal," looking at the history of shootings in post offices and how the postal workers were usually the victims of the crime, rather than the perpetrators. The issue…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/Murder_Can_Be_Fun-no.12-J_Marr-1990.jpg
In the 1970s, self-published magazines called "zines" became an important voice for alternative or marginalized media. With the rise of punk culture, zines became means for communication in such areas as queer and Riot Grrl movements. John Marr's…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-Leopold-Loeb-trial.jpg
Interest in the trial of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb has continued long after their deaths. Grolier Story of America Cards were released in sets of 20 between 1994 and 2001. Covering all aspects of American history, the cards were sold on a…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-Frank_James-movie_photo.jpg
Western films have gone in and out of vogue since first appearing in the silent era. By the time "The Return of Frank James" was released in 1940, the form was gaining new popularity with the advent of a number of high budget productions from major…
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