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September 17, 2007

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.

Posted by smclemee at September 17, 2007 6:59 AM


I can't tell you how much time I spent during my thesis research looking at Anglo-Jewish ads from the 1910s. But I'm pretty sure that I should have spent that time doing, um, actual thesis research.

Posted by: rachel at September 17, 2007 5:05 PM