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Airmail, Electric Cooking and Novel Induced Child Labor Strikes
The first official airmail delivery was made in 1911, today we take such a service for granted, but in the first decade of the 1900s it was as strange and unfamiliar as reusable rockets are today. A year prior ‘The Engineering Magazine’ doubted the commercial viability of these new fangled flying machines.
🏭 Dickensian Move
In 1900 child workers in a factory went on strike demanding a small pay raise. Officials naturally blamed novel reading, rather than their exploitation of the children, for the strikes. At the time novel reading was seen as a corroding influence on children, this was clearly an extension of that attitude.
👙 OnlyFans 1.0
The rise of OnlyFans is being treated by some as a digital era perversion, eroding our morals and corrupting women, but even in the earliest days of photography analog OnlyFans type businesses emerged.
164 years ago an article titled ‘Abuse of Photography’ reported on a Paris police bust, noting that jail time was required as fines would be too easily covered by revenue from selling the risqué photographs. The bust ‘went viral’ appearing in papers across the world.
📚 Book Time
We’ve shared many cries against the over reading of book but this example comes from an unexpected source: a former President of John Hopkins University. He called it “A dangerous habit like a stimulant.”
🔎 Fun Find
A great find was flagged to our attention on Twitter this week: concerns about the glare of white paper (akin to concerns about screens today.) Another tidbit pointed to an early concept of ‘night mode’ in the 1870s: "books should be printed in white ink on black paper." We found something along these lines at the start of the year that extended to white ceilings and clothes.
🔥 Fire or GTFO
Once upon a time cooking with electricity was seen as silly and faddish, a newspaper summed up the attitude with this quote from a fictional housewife:
“Electricity may be all right for the telephone, the telegraph and the street car, but–well, really, I wouldn’t trust it with one of my cakes in the oven.”
According to the article it seems attitudes began to change in 1921 when which it seemed housewives were coming around to the idea.