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:


3 comments:

Lady Anne said...

The article on toothbrushes was interesting, as very few people in America brushed their teeth at all (oh, yetch!) until the First World War. The government issued the GIs tooth brushes, and told them to use them - and that's an order, soldier! Once home, the soldiers continued the habit and passed it along to their families.

grazhina said...

No wonder there were so many ads in the old days for shhhhh...halitosis ;)

Paul in NJ said...

The "Heirs Wanted" ad strikes me as the ancestor of today's "Nigerian prince" scam.