The first book in my historical trilogy is set in St. Louis, Missouri from 1918 to 1926. Let’s take a ride back in time to see what was happening -new inventions, celebrities, bad guys and fashion. Come on! Don’t worry, I’ll bring you back to all your modern conveniences.
1910 ~ In the world of art, post-impressionism and cubism are the rage. In this year, the first post-impressionist art is brought to the United States for a show at the Armory in New York City. Monet and Renoir were the most popular artists in this style. Impressionism is recognized by the thick strokes of paint, with colors laid side by side with minimal mixing. The painting to the right is a Monet.
1910 ~ Per Wikipedia, Hawley Harvey Crippen, usually known as Dr. Crippen, was an American homeopathic physician hanged in Pentonville Prison, London, on 23 November 1910, for the murder of his wife, Cora Henrietta Crippen. He was the first criminal to be captured with the aid of wireless communication. During the final search of Crippen’s home, they found the remains of a human body, buried under the brick floor of the basement. The corpse was identified by a piece of skin from its abdomen; the head, limbs, and skeleton were never recovered. Crippen and his lover, Le Neve, fled across the Atlantic on the Montrose, with Le Neve disguised as a boy. The ship’s Captain recognized them and wired the information to Scotland Yard. They were returned to London, tried and convicted.
1911 ~ The first Indianapolis “500” was held at the Speedway on Memorial Day, May 30, with a field of 40 starters. Ray Harroun piloted a Marmon Model 32-based Wasp racer — outfitted with his invention, the rear view mirror.
1912 ~ The original Oreo cookie was a mounded biscuit filled with lemon meringue or creme and was sold to the British for 25 cents per pound in novelty cans with glass tops. The oreo was redesigned in 1916 and then made only with creme filling. It’s rumored that Nabisco stole the cookie design from Sunshine was making the Hydrox cookie in 1908. Oooh, scandalous!
1914 ~ James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. In this year his collection of short stories, Dubliners, was published. Though most of his adult life was spent abroad, Joyce’s fictional universe does not extend beyond Dublin, and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there. ~Wikipedia
1915-16 ~ The bobbed hairstyle, lipstick in a metal cylinder and the Jantzen bathing suit were all hot in the world of fashion for women. Men were enjoying pajamas instead of nightshirts, Keds sneakers, and a fly front for their underwear. Which do you think were having more fun, men or women?
1917 ~ The patent for the ‘Separable Fastener’ was issued to Gideon Sundback. The zipper was used mainly as a closure for rubber boots and tobacco pouches. It would be another 20 years before the fashion industry caught on to its revolutionary uses.
1917 ~ Charlie Chaplin, actor in silent movies, earned $1 million dollars.
1917 ~ Theda Bara, a silent film actress and one of the earliest cinema sex symbols, starred in the title role of Cleopatra. She was stereotyped as a vamp and, as was fashionable at the time, was given a mysterious background to create more interest. Bara starred in more than 40 films over the twelve-year period of her career.
1917 ~ America declares war on Germany as its official entry into WWI. George M. Cohen‘s music gave America hope for the return of her soldiers
Whooosh! And we’re back in 2011. I hope you enjoyed this little bit of time travel to my favorite century in history. We’ll do this again.
Do you have a favorite era in history?