Horticultural Scandal

January 6, 2010

What happened at this meeting? Published in the Boston Daily Evening Transcript, October 4, 1845.


Invitation to join: SPUG

January 1, 2010

On November 15, 1912, Mrs. August Wilson launched the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving (SPUG) at an anniversary dinner for the Working Girls’ Vacation Fund. She encouraged all members to sport SPUG buttons through the Christmas season.

The Times printed the text of the SPUG membership card after Theodore Roosevelt enrolled in the populist cause in December:

Text of the membership card of the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving, reprinted in the New York Times

More on the launch:

Better than yesterday

August 31, 2009

It has finally started cooling down in New York City, but to contribute some perspective on the past few weeks, you can look to the New York Times of July 1, 1901.

city a furnaceAfter exhaustively listing the hour by hour temperature changes and breezes throughout the day, the reporter notes that at least some improvement had been marked over the day before.noticeable

For other cheerful reading, I suggest perusing “The Streets of Midsummer” from July of 1852.

Loving the headlines.

Library find

May 30, 2009

Chicago Tribune, April 23, 1849

Chicago Tribune, 1849

New York Tribune, April 20, 1902 “The Passover Bread”

“Of course,” said one East Side baker, “our customers are for the most part Jews who buy the matsos because they wish to keep the Passover, but we have many customers also who are not Jews, who prefer the unleavened bread to crackers, and our list of such customers is becoming larger every year.”