info 07.9.14

Part 3

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)

May 3
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.

May 4
In 1914, the paper never let a week go by without a tango story: Dancing Teachers Ban Freak Steps

May 6
A progressive piece on demagoguing race.

Worst food trend ever: Radium as a Beverage

May 10
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.

May 11
Olive oil fraud then and now.

May 13
Stupid book clerks were, apparently, a problem them.

May 15
Speaking of stupidity, a plan to Bomb Governors Island for the fun of it. Wiser Heads Prevail.

May 17
Unbeknownst to her husband, District Attorney Charles Whitman's wife takes a ride in a "flying boat" and loves it.

May 23
500 Cheer for Mother Jones at a dinner; no men allowed.

May 24
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.

May 31
Religion as service not ceremony

June 1
Conan (Doyle) Visits Coney and is "either laughing outright or smiling broadly from the time he started until [he] finished his tour of Coney."

June 7
Saving Murray Hill

Udo, A New Vegetable, is Gaining Favor

June 8
It seems people have always tried to break Into Buckingham Palace

June 11
Carrier Pigeons in Hotel Service and, two days letter, the birds Bring News of Balloon Wreck

June 13
Tango tide turns! Queen Mary sees tango and likes it

June 14
100 Books for Summer Reading

At the downtown Delmonico's, busboy Aldo Zambony's pencil sketches are a big hit.

June 22
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.

June 29
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.

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