For the background story on today's Cruel Site of the Day, Lynch Mob Picture Postcards, read J.R. Moehringer's profile of James Allen from the Los Angeles Times. From the article: "postcards of lynchings were once as common as postcards of Niagara Falls. Even after the U.S. Postal Service banned 'violent' mail in 1908, a photographer could make a living off lynchings alone, selling the photos door to door, and especially at the lynchings themselves."

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