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1914
Part 4

Courtesy of the NY Times' TimesMachine, we're following what New Yorkers of 100 years ago were following.

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, Part 2 here and Part 3 here)




July 1
15,000 New York Incomes Total $1,000,000,000

Anti-Servian Riot Frightens Vienna


July 2
A law prohibiting the use of saccharin in soft drinks is struck down.



July 5
The Times tries its hand at cuteness overload with tableaux of kittens and puppies. (Go to page 34 using the TimesMachine to see the rest.)



July 9
An early version of the High Line: an elevated playground in the area of the Manhattan end of the Williamsburg Bridge. A series of such playgrounds (go to page 62 using the TimesMachine) is proposed.


July 10
Tech bubble: $800,000 goes to a young inventor who created a device to add captions to Kodak photographs.



July 13
Earth's Antics: trying to understand if continental drift is a real thing.



July 19
Videophones expected "in the near future"


July 21
Early Ben Brantley? New Farce Provides Two Hours of Almost Unrelieved Tedium

Harassing tourists in Times Square then and now.


July 25
European War in the Balance


July 26
Austria Breaks with Servia: the headlines increase in point size and anxiety.

Centuries of Hate Behind Conflict

In local news, Harlemites Petition for a Market


July 29
Austria Declares War



July 31
Then: Walk to Work Week
Now: Bike to Work Day


August 2
The Times editorial:
With Germany's declaration of war against Russia, the bloodiest war ever fought on earth and the least justified of all wars since man emerged from barbarism has apparently begun. France has ordered mobilization, but even in signing the decree the French Government declares that it will continue its diplomatic efforts for peace and hopes to succeed. The purpose of Italy to remain neutral will perhaps make France and England the more ready to join forces with Russia in the expectation that the combined fighting power of four nations—for Servia is to be reckoned with—will so far prevail over the joint might of Austria and Germany as to bring the war to a speedy close. France is making ready, and England's fleet is at sea.




In the Life Goes On Dept.: It behooves the Woman Who Is Spending Her Vacation in a Remote Place to Master the Art of Shampooing Her Own Hair

The construction of 7th Avenue South means "Old Greenwich Village will never be the same again." And now, Greenwich Lane.




August 3-31
The rush to war leaves noted American stranded abroad and many are forced to depart with bills unpaid… The War May Check Newport Gayeties… On Broadway, the production of a play is canceled since the plot showed how a general European war could be prevented… There was a brief concern about a tennis ball famine and resignation that since Frenchmen have left New York to fight, New Yorkers may have to eat plain food now… H. G. Wells writes an op-ed that includes this: "The victory of Germany will mean the permanent enthronement of the war god over all human affairs. The defeat of Germany may open the way to disarmament and peace throughout the earth."… The Times points its finger at Vienna.








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