Friday, May 4, 2018

Yesterday's News

Recently I had occasion to review the front pages of virtually all of 1918, or at least from January to late September. I didn't find what I was looking for, in part because the Great War consumed the papers, but I did see a few things of interest that I wanted to share.

This headline is a lot less interesting when you learn that Cyclops is the name of a ship.

The Little Tank That Could

Oh, I bet they'll "take care" of the Pacific. It's getting them to leave it alone that will be the problem.

I love puns based on alarmingly racist yet technically innovative epic films!

Somehow I doubt that this will be a reasonable and fact-based biopic. The Academy of Music, the oddly-named theater downtown, ran new shows seemingly every day in the period I searched. Admittedly, this is 1918 and production/postproduction time aren't nearly as elaborate as they are today.  Take a look at  another:

Aw, remember the days when DC asked Americans for money instead of just taking it  or printing more? 

Trenton redux!

The Spring or Ludendorf Offensive. Reading the papers through from January to late September I was struck by how knife's-edge the war seemed to be, with panicked reports that the French were in retreat posted side by side with adverts to buy liberty bonds or else subject your children to the Kaiser's will. By the summer, however, the influx of so many American troops (visible by the reporting) seems to turn the side, not that the liberty bond ads ever noticed.

Because the Bolshies won we now refer to this as the Allied invasion of Russia, but back then the Allies were merely "lending" troops to "Russia", or whatever constituted Russia in the civil war period.

My pal Klaus is certainly not a spy. He's just an amateur signals enthusiast. The pickelhaub is a little odd, though, especially at the pool.

You thought working in customer service was bad? Wait until you're declared the government'sproperty and sent off to fight!

And just as a curiosity:


  1. remarkable how events recede into the past and vanish all except for a few ancient newspaper ads... i guess we really do live in the moment, we just don't notice...

    1. The nature of television and social media have accelerated that -- now news stories are flashes in the pan, something that consumes people for a week before they're on to the next thing. I make things easier on myself by ignoring it all.

    2. the only way to stay sane, or reasonably so, i think...

  2. When reading the first one, I read it initially as "Nazi Is Still Puzzled..." and so many questions came at mind at once about this identified Nazi who was puzzled about a Cyclops. A re-read cleared up the confusion.


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