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Friday, January 21, 2011

Flashback Friday - January 21, 1921

Again, I mostly take stories from the Saturday after, because the stories themselves generally occurred that Friday. Aside from huge stories (and not always then, even), news wasn't really instantaneous in the early 1920s. Radio spread throughout the decade, but in 1921 it was really fairly obscure, kind of like the Internet.


Brooklyn Man Asks Why Princess Cantacuzene Pleads for Russia's Starving....

--New York Times, January 22, 1921

Julia Dent Cantacuzène Spiransky-Grant (1876-1975) married a Russian Prince in 1899 and moved to Russia with him. She was there during the Russian Revolution and she wrote a book about her experiences. If you believe it, she eventually moved to Sarasota, Florida! Can you imagine seeing so many changes in your life? She was reportedly born IN the White House, while her grandfather was in office, and became a Russian princess, moved back to America, was divorced...never mind the technological and societal changes she lived to see. I can hardly even fathom it!

Old-time Ponzi schemes. The article linked uses rather more blunt language than we see in mainstream publications today, such as "gullible.":


--New York Times, January 22, 1921

Not only did there not used to be income tax at all, but the tax code has become so complex, they've added a full month to the deadline we had 90 years ago!


Those for Small Returns to Be Distributed Next Week.....

--New York Times, January 22, 1921

I find this job listing interesting, as it allows men or women! Worth reading the linked article.

The Civil Service....

--New York Times, January 22, 1921

And a shout-out to Bisbee, Arizona!


And Three Firemen Risked Their Lives--It Was a Dog.....

--New York Times, January 22, 1921

*All articles believed to be in public domain per US law.


  1. Sarasota, FL O_O Of all the places.... ::shudders::

    Though IMHO Miss Bisbee is completely within right to call her dog "baby". I mean after all... pets are part of the family ;) hehehe

    Thanks for the historical trivia :D

  2. Yeah, I found the Sarasota link quite interesting!

    I'm so curious as to if the dog woman was lying to the fire department or if it was a misunderstanding!