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Throughout this, though, I found out that preservation work at the ancient Turkish town that was going to be flooded by a dam being built was doing a lot better than I thought.
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So, years ago (in my attempt to read old newspapers for the project I was doing about Hillside), I copied a page from a newspaper issue from January 1, 1925 with recipes using honey. This was prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture!

So, here's the recipe:
3/4 cupfuls of honey
1/4 cupful butter
1/8 teaspoonful of cloves
1 egg
1 1/2 to 2 cupfuls of flour
1/2 teaspoonful soda
2 tablespoonfuls water
1 cupful raisins, cut in small pieces
1/4 teaspoonful salt
1 teaspoonful baking powder.

Heat the honey and butter until the butter melts. While the mixture is warm add the spices. When cold, add part of the flour, the egg well beaten, the soda dissolved in water, and the raisins. Add enough other flour to make a dough that will hold its shape. Drop by spoonfuls on a buttered tin and bake in a moderate oven.
I didn't read the thing about the flour correctly; I added all of the flour, then added a little more (about 3/4 cup-ful). I probably wouldn't do that again (it tastes ok, just more like flour than I'd want). But I did get 3 dozen cookies.

Oh! And - importantly - I found out (by going to Google) that a "moderate oven" is about 350-375°. Since it didn't tell me how long it should bake, I used the amt of time I use on my other cookies, which is 9 minutes.

And I didn't "butter the tin". I freaked about that with the first batch, thinking they would stick horribly; but it was fine without anything. Whaddya know - the function of baking sheets has really improved since 1925!

But, anyway: the taste is reminiscent of old lady food. Good; but it didn't blow my brain to the back of my head. I think it's the cloves. Makes me think of old ladies.

There was another honey-cookie recipe from 1925 that calls for "finely chopped candied orange peel" (and "walnut meats, finely chopped) and if I were going to make candied orange peel (I've got the recipe thanks to coconuthead), I would just eat those, because they're marvelous. Oh, and just so you know: chopping raisins isn't easy, and it makes your hands sticky. But I cut them enough so I thought I did my part.

There are two recipes for cake (and for frosting). I'm not a cake baker, but I'd try the frosting if I were.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ electrifying War of the Worlds broadcast, in which the Mercury Theatre on the Air enacted a Martian invasion of Earth. “Upwards of a million people, [were] convinced, if only briefly, that the United States was being laid waste by alien invaders,” narrator Oliver Platt informs us in the new PBS documentary commemorating the program. The panic inspired by Welles made War of the Worlds perhaps the most notorious event in American broadcast history.

That’s the story you already know—it’s the narrative widely reprinted in academic textbooks and popular histories....

There’s only one problem: The supposed panic was so tiny as to be practically immeasurable on the night of the broadcast. Despite repeated assertions to the contrary in the PBS and NPR programs, almost nobody was fooled by Welles’ broadcast.
likethebeer: (mesmerized)
I think the people who created this advertisement had an unintended audience:
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
A Wisconsin Rep was arrested for the 2nd time in a month for driving under the influence. Apparently, the "state Constitution requires a two-thirds vote to expel any lawmaker, which has not happened since a state senator was ousted in 1917 over remarks seen as disloyal before World War I."

I heard that and realized I probably came across that brouhaha when I was reading old newspapers this summer. Anyway, that was an interesting moment.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
1.) "Free - with three packages Jello, at regular price of 3 for $.25, large dirigible will be given."

Well, count me in. Will I be able to travel all over the place with my dirigible that I bought with Jello?

2.) Mr. Frank. Why did your parents give you the first name, Frank? You can be called, "Mr. Frank". But did you realize that your wife would be referred to as "Mrs. Frank Frank"? Srsly - WHY????

3.) Just so you know, they learned a way of making sure those babies in the maternity ward were differentiated: BRANDING! Science is the key:
The rays of a large violet ray machine are directed upon a tin disc in which are carved the [baby's] proper initials, which is placed against the baby's thigh. It requires four minutes to bring out the identification marks, which stay for ten days.
mda did note that this was tanning, which is different then I originally thought: branding a child for 4 MINUTES. "Hey, they're babies - they won't remember the pain!"

Lastly - does anyone know what "chari vari" is? It was some sort of amusement that adults did (it took place with adult parties), but I've not seen any explanation.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Actually, this is serious.

I'm reading these old newspapers (as you well know). The local paper has the local local news (as in "Mrs. Grutchnaught, formerly Miss Samantha Jones, visited with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, at their home in West Spring Green on Thursday and Friday. They had a delightful weekend.); and it also has news about Wisconsin, and, on p. 3, they usually print news of the world.

It's the news of the world that makes me slightly nauseated. I'm in 1933 right now, which means... Hitler.

I saw a picture of Mr. Hitler when he was elected. It was a studio photo. He had the mustache, but wasn't doing the speeches with the arm going up. Still, seeing his pic made me go, "Oh. Crap." He looked like... a person, not this icon, and that jarred me.

Then I saw a picture of Hitler once he'd gone from being Chancellor, to taking control of the gov't. The local newspaper, for its credit, did note that this was disturbing. And once again, I felt nauseated.

Then, next week, there was a photo of the fire at the Reichstag. And the related news from the German Gov't, that this was done by the communists.

Damn. Damny damn damn. Further damn.

My head has been, in a way, transported back to that time. It was a jarring experience to see that face the first time. And to read about him coming to power, then a few issues later, taking over Germany, and then the fire in the Reichstag.... It's like taking a time machine back to these times, but I have absolutely no ability to change the future. It's sickening. I told myself to not look at any of this foreign news anymore.

In a way, I think it's good that I feel sickness at this. Feeling a deep sickness written into our culture about Nazi Germany, for as long as possible, it just fine with me.

I will now return to stupidcrazy news items in the next item.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
So here's the way I scan the front page of our old newspapers on microfiche: I look for the bolded items first, and if they don't yield fruit, I read the individual "Local and Personal Items" sections.

So, yesterday, I'm reading, and I come across a bolded notice that someone has died. His name was Ralph, and he was the son of a carpenter who worked for FLLW for many years. It was sad, b/c I've come across Ralph's name before. Then I realized, holy fuck, his father also lost a son in the fire/murders at Tal. in 1914. That son was murdered.

Horrible, just horrible. To lose 2 children, suddenly and horribly? In this case, Ralph got hit by a train.

Then, on that same page, I came across another bolded notice that someone that I've been following (just b/c his & his wife's name showed up a lot, not b/c they have anything to do w/FLLW) KILLED HIMSELF. His son found him in the back of his shop, hung. That was upsetting.

And then, the next issue has the obituaries for these 2 men. And at the bottom of that same page, Ralph's father put out a reward for a ring of Ralph's. It had been lost, even though the guy was wearing it earlier that day. The dad said he'd give a sizable amount for it. That just broke my heart. The 2nd son of yours dies horribly (leaving a wife & 2 young kids) and you just want his ring back. I had to walk out of the room. Too much loss.

I'm too fucking sensitive for this stuff, even if it's happening in 1931.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
Weekly Home News, 12/14/1922, relates a huge rat campaign in Whitewater, WI. They used 831 lbs. of meat, cheese, bread, bananas, and cornmeal in 197,700 "baits", and shot many, too. "The exhaust from an automobile was directed through a hose into the subterranean runways at the slaughterhouse with good results." They estimated that they killed approximately 65,000 rats.

At least they got this out of the way.
likethebeer: (Frank Lloves You)
From the old newspaper microfiche: not as much as I'd like.

Read more... )

Ok: silly stuff I come across while scanning the papers:
*someone REALLY wants to return that lost hat pin. They put an ad about it in the newspaper THREE times. Were hat pins that expensive that you'd spend that money?

*Heimlich maneuver? Good thing. Taking the bullets out of your rifle/gun so people don't accidentally shoot themselves? Good thing. Not propping your loaded shot gun up against a tree? Good thing. "Stop, drop, and roll"? Good thing. Seatbelts? Good thing (I decided this after reading a news piece in which a 3 yo boy fell out of the car and his parents didn't realize it - he was ok, by the way). Not washing your floors w/a bucket of boiling water that you leave on the floor while you have a 3 yo walking around? Very good thing.

*Movie announcement: "Every day in every way, she got stouter and stouter. Food! Food! woman's greatest temptation. Funny - it's a scream!"

Oh, and I love this. It's a bizarre poem: "Black Cyclone is a six-reel special. Four and a half reels do not contain a human being. All the acting is done by the wild horses. See it!"

That just came in among all the other announcements, and I had to read it about 4 times to understand it wasn't a strange poem.
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Apparently it solved all your female problems in 1923. I don't know what those female problems were, but a man wrote in later, in this ad, saying that his daughter used to cry all the time before discovering Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound. And it seems that women, following giving birth, just needed Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound.

Although it did not work for one woman, who died, after her son was born. I cannot exactly relay the verbiage, which was interesting, but it was stated in such a way that (a) a woman died and (b) a son was born, but (c - plus infanitum) the 2 things had nothing to do with each other.

I know, it's 1924, but it just read a little odd. The son seemed to be ok.
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Found in a 10/20/21 newspaper: an actual case of a girl - Little Florence Werly of Platteville - who lost her eye following the "careless handling of a slingshot by a neighbor's boy." See? It will shoot your eye out.
likethebeer: (6 or 7 quick ones)

Seventeen Millions of Class in United States, Many Inferior to Married People.
"THere are 17,000,000 celibates in the United States, according to a statement that has being going the rounds of the press, after originating in a magazine article on the sex question," says the Journal of Heredity....

"The celibacy of these millions is, from a eugenic point of view, not wholly to be deplored. While the number includes many potential fathers and mothers of a desirable character, it is probable that, on the whole, these life-long celibates are eugenically inferior to the married population."
[quotation marks included in original.]
The Weekly Home News, S.G., WI, 2/14/1918, p. 4.
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
7/17/1919, p. 4: "Harry Bawden had the misfortune of cutting the end nearly off of his finger while working at the Holly garage in Arena and as a result is taking a week's vacation."

12/4/1919, p. 1: "Some time ago this paper stated, upon the authority of daily papers, that booze may be sent through the mails as a present. This is not the case, however, as liquids cannot be sent through the mail and this completely shatters the hopes of those looking for a Christmas present with a kick to it, unless it is sent by express. Don't send that booze through the mail."

Other things I've noticed/been thinking about:
*People had a lot of attacks of appendicitis. In my whole life, I only know of 1 woman who had appendicitis. Is there some change in the diet that made this more rare?

*What is apoplexy, anyway?

*The guy who owned the movie theatre in town, the Gem, really complains a lot when people aren't seeing his movies. He whines all the time about how much money he has to spend to get the movies in, and then begs people to come see them. And I thought movies were like totally things people spent all their money on. Oh, but you should know that, at the same time, newspapers were closing. Plus ca change, huh?

*Oh, and I think Mrs. Hatch is just full of herself - she's always deathly ill, and we get to hear about it. Maybe she was just sickly (I keep thinking that, but I'll feel bad if I read about her death).

*I did feel bad reading about Homer Cosper's death near the end of WWI, 'cause I'd gotten to know his name. I'm too sensitive.

*Animals are constantly going astray. Haven't you farm people learned about things like fences before?

*People ordered "fall jewelry"? Like, you got new jewelry each autumn?

*I never heard of being able to remove your Goiter at home before, but this ad tells me that I could to it, without scalpels, even!

*News items report every time the town gets sight of an airplane.

*I can't help but be creeped out by notes of feeble-minded people who are being sterilized.

*Oh, and lots of people died of pneumonia. LOTS. Seems to come up more, even, than those dieing of "the 'flu".
likethebeer: (Old time radio)
looking at news stories, and thinking that they exaggerate the dangers of the world? Well, you're not new to this.

I spent another day looking at our old newspaper on microfiche from 1916 and 1917, and OH. MY. GOD.

People are dying from everything. Just dropping dead in the street, sitting down in a chair and droppin dead at the age of 47, burning--horribly--all the time. Getting appendicitis, and not getting to a doctor in time, getting "infant paralysis" (which I really think was Polio before it was Polio), mangling themselves constantly - chopping off limbs, hitting themselves in the face with an AXE - and all this was just reported in your local newspaper.

March 1, 1917, p. 1 "Herb Scholl received a painful injury to his right eye Tuesday. While opening a box of goods a splinter flew and pierced the eyeball. No serious result is anticipated."

Pierced the EYEBALL.

Wearing protective eyewear while opening a large wooden box? A GOOD. IDEA.

Children died so many times by using a match, and their clothes catching on fire, and usually, it's several days after receiving severe burns before they die. I think sometimes we worry too much about this stuff, every little thing, but having fire retardant children's clothing? A GOOD. IDEA. Kids were dying all the time from this stuff.

I read one story that noted that the fire brigade of Madison, WI, had noted that over 400 fires had taken place in Madison, just in January (1916). These things were mostly caused by home furnaces.

Jesus, I think people who run factories should have 1 day where they just read the local newspapers for a year to see how many people died from horrible injuries in order to understand why we have things like OSHA. And the 5-day work week. And laws regarding child work hours.

And, you know what? This doesn't even touch on the number of people who killed themselves, their family members, who planned the death of family members, that I've read about.

It was really too much after awhile for my sensitive nerves. I now avoid any note of death in this old newspaper, because it's just too much.

Oh, and FLLW went to Japan during this period of time. It's noted in the local newspaper. Honestly, that's not what I'm looking for, but I'll note it when it happens. Turns out that he was due to leave on a larger liner on Dec. 28, 1916, for Japan.


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