|Using the NY Times' TimesMachine, we're tracking what New Yorkers were reading and presumably talking about in 1914: local projects, women's rights, Mexico, Teddy Roosevelt, anarchism, the tango and ship safety are the mainstay of the news until the end of June when everything changes.
We've included links to the articles, but you can only read them with a digital (or home delivery) subscription. (Read Part 1 of MUG's 1914 series here and Part 2 here)
A popular hotel, the Grand Union, Now Only a Memory
The headline writer stretches a little with Indian Women Solve An Old Sex Question—mostly it's about Native American women visiting the city and buying bonnets.
In 1914, the paper never let a week go by without a tango story: Dancing Teachers Ban Freak Steps
A progressive piece on demagoguing race.
Worst food trend ever: Radium as a Beverage
NYC isn't really America, even 100 years ago: 7th Avenue as Melting Pot
A slow-aborning instinct to preserve: The Camera to Preserve New York's Old Buildings. Also here.
Olive oil fraud then and now.
Stupid book clerks were, apparently, a problem them.
Speaking of stupidity, a plan to Bomb Governors Island for the fun of it. Wiser Heads Prevail.
Unbeknownst to her husband, District Attorney Charles Whitman's wife takes a ride in a "flying boat" and loves it.
500 Cheer for Mother Jones at a dinner; no men allowed.
A tablet was unveiled at Water and Wall Streets commemorating what was the Merchants' Coffee House, called the 'birthplace of the union' since it was a frequent meeting point for committees of citizens whose actions led to the Revolution.
Religion as service not ceremony
Conan (Doyle) Visits Coney and is "either laughing outright or smiling broadly from the time he started until [he] finished his tour of Coney."
Saving Murray Hill
Udo, A New Vegetable, is Gaining Favor
It seems people have always tried to break Into Buckingham Palace
Carrier Pigeons in Hotel Service and, two days letter, the birds Bring News of Balloon Wreck
Tango tide turns! Queen Mary sees tango and likes it
100 Books for Summer Reading
At the downtown Delmonico's, busboy Aldo Zambony's pencil sketches are a big hit.
The tone of the article is somewhat skeptical, but the question of the headline, Has Universal Peace Been Brought Nearer? is poignant, given what happens less than a week later.
And there it is. As we've been reliving 1914 through the Times coverage, we've been struck by the total lack of foreshadowing of the events that begin on June 28 and the war that will unfold a month later. But the Times quickly realizes the implications. Under the sub-head May Mean Intervention, there is this: "A couple of revolver shots probably never before formed a connection between such a line of complicated causes and such an infinite variety of possibly still more complicated effects as those which yesterday killed Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg.