Saturday, January 12, 2013

Today -100: January 12, 1913: Of self-starters, war dead, and dressing for the theater

One of the automobile articles in today -100’s Sunday NY Times reports that the new self-starters have resulted in more auto purchases by women, who had been put off by all that cranking (that came out dirtier than I intended) (Update: but is it as dirty as this?: “It means a stoop and a pull, more or less vigorous in proportion to the power of the motor and its mood on the particular occasion.”). Another feature making automobiling easier and cleaner: electrical lighting, with headlamps no longer requiring oil lamps and matches.

Bulgaria admits to having lost 21,302 dead in the Balkan War (which is just on hiatus). Meanwhile, people back home are dying from infectious diseases since all the doctors are off treating wounded soldiers.

The Savoy Theatre in London has announced that patrons need not wear evening dress. Clearly this is the beginning of the end of the British Empire. The revolt against the old custom is partly from theatre-going members of the middle class who don’t have time to go home and dress because they, you know, work for a living, as well as American tourists.

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