I wonder what we’d see on Facebook in November, a century ago. Of course we wouldn’t, because people living in the time of my twenty-something grandparents didn’t have electricity, let alone instantaneous talking on Facebook. The word computer would never be a part of their vocabulary. Social media was in the form of letters.
But suppose, for a moment, modes of communication were upgraded to the technology of today.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 1900 (www.nybooks.com)
(Shared Post) Exclusive: This is the must-have Christmas toy for 1915. Johnny Gruelle has applied for a patent for a new doll named “Raggedy Ann.” Sears, Roebuck & Co. is interested in distribution, and there are rumors he is planning to write children’s stories using her as the main character.
Breaking News: Who will be the Republican candidate for president in next year’s election? It’s still anybody’s guess, with so many contenders. People are saying the frontrunner for defeating President Wilson has no experience dealing in executive matters. Charles Evans Hughes, the Supreme Court justice, is joined in popularity by Eliju Root, Albert Cummins, Theodore Burton, Henry Ford and Robert Lafollette. Theodore Roosevelt is wanted by the old Progressive Party but has declined to be on the ballot.
Trending: Will women ever get the right to vote? Although Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York will soon have a referendum on the issue, the House of Representatives in Washington has rejected a national plan for suffrage.
The Department of Health shared a post: Can we get a million likes for this? Typhoid Mary has been arrested and quarantined so she won’t transmit the disease to anybody else.
Mrs. Ralph de Palma added a new photo: Ralph de Palma won the Indianapolis 500 this year in a time of 5 hours, 33 minutes, and fifty-five plus seconds. His qualifying speed was 98 and a half miles per hour.
Major League Baseball was tagged in a post: With the Boston Red Sox victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series, Chicago White Sox fans can look forward to watching power hitter Joe Jackson next season. He’s been traded to the club from Cleveland.
The Ford Motor Company updated their cover photo: A stop sign recently was put up at an intersection in Detroit. It is white with black lettering and is said to have been necessary because of the increasing number of automobiles and bicycles.