Category Archives: 100 Years Ago

statue of liberty

Glancing through some picture paper previews last week, I noticed an image that appeared to be a statue of Abraham Lincoln. Upon further review (and enlargement) my guess proved accurate. From the August 12, 1917 issue of the New York … Continue reading

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women’s work

It is obvious that war changes things, that wars have consequences. Here’s an example from that Great War as published in the August 12, 1917 issue of The New-York Times Photography probably changes things, too. The same issue of the … Continue reading

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that’s entertainment

Wartime entertainment seemed to be a theme in a couple New York City weekly picture publications 100 years ago. In Verdun: _____________________________________________ Newport: fancy dress for the Red Cross: ________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Back to that blue-gray thing. I actually saw … Continue reading

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shovels ready

I’ve lived near canals and/or old defunct canals almost all my life, so I’m a little disappointed that I forgot to mention the 200th anniversary of work beginning on the Erie Canal back on July 4th. On the bright side … Continue reading

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WASPish

It probably wasn’t another august madness; I doubt anybody thought the doughboys would be home for Christmas (at least not in 1917 – first they had to get over there). But 100 years ago there was a lot of evidence … Continue reading

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family reunion

This is the Showing forth of the Inquiry of Herodotus of Halicarnassos, to the end that neither the deeds of men may be forgotten by lapse of time, nor the works great and marvellous, which have been produced some by … Continue reading

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Gone Hollywood

150 years ago today thousands of Richmond residents converged on Hollywood cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate war dead. Although a riot broke out in Richmond on May 11th, the Times’ HENRICO correspondent emphasized that the city was peaceful … Continue reading

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more to come

Back in April 1917 the United States declared war on Germany. As young American men were signing up for the draft and getting ready to be shipped to France, the country observed Decoration Day on May 30th. One hundred years … Continue reading

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a war welcome

In April 1917 the United States entered World War One. 100 years ago today New Yorkers could read a sort of welcoming poem hot off the cable from a famous British writer. Rudyard Kipling had personal experience of the war-related … Continue reading

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zeppelin attack

Reportedly 100 years ago last night German Zeppelins attacked England. It wasn’t as flashy, but I’m pretty sure the British blockade during World War I caused German civilians a lot of agony.

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