Tag: 1911 history

Edwardian era History United States

Socialite Vivien Gould Marries an English Lord: This Week in History

Socialite Vivien Gould, daughter of financier George J. Gould and his wife, was prepared to marry her fiancé, Lord Decies with the “pride of wealth,” the Miami Herald reported Feb. 5, 1911. Gould and Decies were scheduled to marry two days later in New York City. “The affair now promises to be more gorgeous and […]

Edwardian era Fiction History United States Writing & Editing

‘Washed Away’ Tackles the Tragic Day in 1911 When the Dam Broke

The recently released novel, Washed Away by Jason Gray, Jr. tackles a very weighty subject.  The historical fiction novel takes readers to the scene of the 1911 dam break in Austin, PA., that killed dozens. On Sept. 30, 1911, the dam servicing the Bayless Pulp and Paper Mill burst and destroyed the town.  The dam […]

History Medicine Victorian era

Cholera: The Mere Mention of the Word Caused Fear

Cholera. The mere mention of the word was enough to cause fear in 19th century communities. The disease struck suddenly and killed quickly. Its cause wasn’t identified until the 1850s. Symptoms Cholera is caused by a bacteria and, like typhoid, is spread by food or water contaminated with feces. Basic sanitation and water purification can […]

Edwardian era History Victorian era

Bathroom and Kitchen Tech at the Turn of the 20th Century

In real estate, bathrooms and kitchens often make or break a sale. In the late 19th century, indoor plumbing was becoming commonplace, and homes were increasingly becoming electrified.  This meant that kitchens and bathrooms were, perhaps for the first time, an important consideration when buying or renting a home. Bathroom Tech When bathing and toilet […]

Canada Edwardian era History

Federal Election of 1911: A Question Over the Nation’s Future

The Canadian federal election of 1911 was the last one held before the start of World War One. It was an election that would determine the future of the nation, the politicians claimed, and it was  filled with rhetoric and mudslinging. The Parties Involved The 1911 election was a preview of the dirty 1917 election […]

Edwardian era History Women's history

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: A Workplace Tragedy with Positive Consequences

It’s hard to imagine a time when there weren’t government regulations to protect workers’ safety. But 100 years ago, those were the conditions that existed. No one had any reason to question it. However, that all changed on the day of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. What is a shirtwaist? It’s a type of blouse. It […]

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