I believe I have made reference to the 1905 waterfront home that Donna and I are beginning to remodel here on the island. During the past two weeks our team has gutted it on the inside; removing all of appliances, most of the utilities and nearly all the interior walls too.
It was inside one of those walls that we found a partial Seattle Daily Times newspaper dated 14 November, 1926. By happy coincidence, 14 November is my birthday and I believe I was just thirteen the year this paper came out.
"Channel Conquerer Rides In Olds
During her stay in Seattle last week, Gertrude Ederle, famous Channel swimmer, took in all of the swimming pools here. On the trip she was the guest of Charley Tyson of the Oldsmobile Motor Company, who drove her about in an Oldsmobile Landau Sedan. The photograph shows 'Trudie' and a few of her little friends who accompanied her, with the Oldsmobile in the background."
(Ed: How's that for product placement? Was that news or advertising, I wonder?)
"Autos Now Built For Women. Friend Wife Causes Change. Easier Control Demanded by Increasing Number of Feminine Drivers; Hupmobile First to Meet New Order of Things
The male sex has plenty to thank the fairer sex for now-a-days, especially when it comes to improvements in motor cars. It is not because she took an active part in devising the improved car that gratitude is due her, but the equally important fact that she demonstrated the need and thereby mothered the inventions which brought the better car that we have today.
'When formerly masculine drivers were in the majority the car maker did not need to extend himself to the limit to eliminate the labor of gear shifting, difficult steering and the like, for the ordinary male had the strength necessary to cope with any inconveniences,' says Martin Saboe, Hupmobile dealer. 'If the engine gives satisfaction and service the man was content, so engineers directed their attention to the perfection of that mechanism.'"
(Ed: Great, now chicks will want to vote too.)
"Keep Thin To Keep Young
Fight excess fat, whatever else you do, for youth, beauty and vitality. Fat is not popular today.
Some fight fat by strenuous exercise, some by starvation diet. But the fight is hard and never-ending.
Millions have learned to fight it with Marmola Prescription Tablets. They correct the cause. This is the easy, pleasant way. It is the enduring way.
Marmola has been used for 19 years. The use has grown, through proved results, until people are using some 100,000 boxes monthly. You see the results wherever you look. You can learn them by inquiring of your friends. Excess fat is not one-tenth so common as it was."
(Ed note: We beat obesity in 1926? How come that wasn't bigger news?)
I'll save some more for another post. When all the news is online one day I guess we won't have newspapers for insulation and birdcages anymore. Sigh.