Pittsburgh, 1910

Excerpts from The Pittsburgh Dispatch Dec 6,1910. The Dispatch was one of the most important American newspapers of its day. The famous woman journalist Nellie Bly worked for the paper in the late 19th c.

Let's start with a comic. This was the only one on my few available sheets, GINK AND DINK. I wasn't able to find much about this strip, except that Dink had a strip all his own before this which was popular.


Here's a nice apron, just wrap your coin in a piece of paper and they'll send you the pattern.

Now here's something you just don't see anymore, Heirs Wanted.

The Flatiron Building in New York was nationally known.


You don't see ads like this anymore either, a comment on the higher mortality rate of that era.

Apparently you can still by Syrup of Figs by the California Fig Syrup Co.

Planning a trip?


Shhh...for men only.Dr.Lorenz had Sunday hours.

An eyecatching ad.

Rosenbaum's was having a sale, with extra S&H Green stamps offered.

Assorted ads and news briefs.

Boggs & Buhl was also having a sale. Furs were very popular, and they had 1/3 off on a limited number of afternoon and evening dresses.

Bennet's furs and some Society notes. The Dispatch was full of the doings of the well to do.


Next a news story about immigration, the page was torn, I did the best I could to piece it together. All the pages were torn into 4 sections because they broke where they had been folded.

Below it was this little bit about a stockholder suing the directors of the Illinois Central RR for failing to do their duty. Does this seem timely or what?

Next comes the sports page with a story about an after the fight fight, some local basketball news, and a recap of the first game in the Billiards Series Championship.
The Boston Doves were not to be sold (they later were renamed the Boston Braves), and famous wrestler George Hackenschmidt was coming to town.



Classifieds next



The Dispatch financial section next, starting with oil prices.

Commodities follow:


Greensburg, Pa. 1910

Greensburg is the county seat of Westmoreland Co.,PA, and in 1910 it was a center of the coal mining industry and a prospering little city. My husband's grandfather came to the area in the 1910's and went to work in a mine.
From the pages of the Greensburg Daily Tribune, Dec 7, 1910 (Greensburg, PA, USA)

Check out the story Latest Departure in Frisking Games. It involves two female con artists, a garter and an orange.







It was Christmas shopping season, and below is most of an ad for Keck's department store, one of several in town. There are very few stores left in the town now, there mostly at the malls at either end of town.

Here's an ad for the famous Gold Dust Twins cleaner.

An ad for Cuticura.

And ads for a menswear store and butter.

Girl Plans Long Jaunt is my favorite story in this paper.

H.S.Ackerman, The One Price Piano Store, was one of several piano stores in town. Unfortunately the other ads were incomplete.

Joseph Strouse The "Fair" Store.

What to do With Hats is actually about what to do with those pesky hatpins.

The Greensburg Steam Laundry will be happy to send around their wagon in a jiffy.

A few classifieds....I think Mr. Loughner wanted a housekeeper who'd work cheap.



There was an interesting story that started on page one, I wish I had page one. It's about attitudes towards Christmas shopping. There a small gap of a few sentences, the paper had crumbled away where it had been folded.


Here's the rest of the story.

And finally, a story about a big snowstorm.

Pittsburgh 1920

Here are excerpts from the Nov. 6, 1920 issue of the Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA (USA). I aquired a few pages many years ago, gone brown and crumbling around the edges. They've gotten more crumbly since, so I scanned them, cleaned them up, and am posting most of what I had.

Shall we start with the funnies?

The first strip is Abie the Agent and was a very popular strip from 1914 through the 20's. It was drawn by Harry Hershield, and was about a Jewish car salesman named Abie Kabibble. It's the first strip to show a Jewish character in a positive light.

The second strip is Jerry on the Job by Walter Hoban. Jerry stayed a small kid over the years, no parents ever appeared. He just held odd jobs at one place or another. After WW 1 he started working at a train station for the peevish Mr.Givney. this particular comic has a reference to the Bolshevics.

Next we have Hon and Dearie, How Do They Do It? and The General.

Hon and Dearie was drawn by Jack Callahan, and the characters were later also seen in another strip called The Piffle Family.
How Do They Do It? and The General were both drawn by Arnot.

Next, an episode of Thimble Theater, from whence was born Popeye. Here we see Olive Oyl and Ham Gravy.

Bringing Up Father., which ran from 1913 to 2000 and was also known as Jiggs and Maggie. In the center panel Jiggs says "If I get by her room I'm all right".

Stuck to the Last was found on the sports page

Finally, Then the Fun Began

The rest of the pages I had held partial sports stories and scores, ads and the want ads,lots and lots of want ads....
Here's a selection from Men Wanted. In those days you could specify if you wanted an employee who was "colored", "foreign","married" or "Catholic".

Let's see some of the Female Help Wanted. How would you like to be a pickle sorter?

The next section has more Female Help Wanted ads, someone was desperate for a prima donna and a soubrette, someone else wanted a Hungarian or Bohemian cook. There are also a few Board Wanted ads, 3 of which are for essentially day care for the children of working mothers.

Shall we see what's playing at the movies? Oh yes, the only complete news stories I had from this issue are on this page.
I'd heard of all the stars on the page, but for a few, but you can find bios about them all online if you're interested.

What's left? Advertising!
This first piece also has a few news items with it.