Those Were Different Times
On Friday, I spent several hours at the Tamiment Library in Greenwich Village, looking at, among other things, microfilm of The Call, the city's Socialist Party newspaper.
I was searching for articles from 1914 by a particular writer, but also found that you could have pretty interesting time just look at the ads.There was one from a merchant who would sell you a player piano for #350; you could pay it off monthly. Also, and this was more surprising, Ex-Lax was a frequent advertiser.
The highlight of my accidental discoveries: The women's section of the paper featured a short story by August Strindberg.
If you were in the library that day and wondered why, at one point, the guy at the microfilm machine laughed out loud, that was it.
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