Mail Order Brides

The Case:

In California, a photograph collector owns four small images of women taken in Chicago in the 1890s.

On the back of one are the woman's personal details and comments about her inheritance, leading their owner to believe these aren't just ordinary portraits but advertisements for mail order brides.

Could he be right?

History Detectives visits California and Chicago to investigate the Victorian marriage industry and discovers a shocking story of late nineteenth century extortion and corruption.

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Season 2, Episode 3

Tukufu Zuberi Location:
Los Angeles, California

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