100 Years Ago Today: Magic Rope Wards Off Rattlesnakes

Herald Democrat, February 20, 1919 Two campers, who look like they rode a bike attached to boat, think this horsehair rope will protect them from rattlesnakes.Popular Mechanics Magazine, Jan 1919 Myth alert! It doesn't matter what kind of rope you put around your campsite, bedroll, naptime knoll, or burrow, if a rattlesnake is headed toward …

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100 Years Ago Today: Lunatic Threatens to Cut Off Police Chief’s Head

Herald Democrat, February 14, 1919 Governor Oliver H. Shoup (shoop ba-doop) was elected the 22nd governor of Colorado in November, 1918, and he was already receiving death threats by February, 1919. "Lunatics" weren't wasting any time. Granted, Shoup's own head was not under threat but that of a proxy, Hamilton Armstrong, long-serving Denver Chief of …

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100 Years Ago Today: Strikers Replaced by Soldiers

Herald Democrat, February 11, 1919 Today, thousands of Denver Public Schools teachers went on strike to demand higher wages and a more predictable pay schedule. It is the first teacher strike in the district in 25 years. However, if you rewind 100 years, strikes were all the rage in the labor movement. In Seattle, the …

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100 Years Ago Today: Bolshevism and Breckenridge

Summit County Journal, February 1, 1919 Naively, I thought I could brush up on Bolshevism, the Russian Revolution, Communism, the Red Army, Anarchism, and the I.W.W. circa 1919 in a couple of hours in order to write up some context for today's article. This, despite the fact that the last time I learned about any …

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100 Years Ago Today: Chevrons Causing Trouble

Akron Weekly Pioneer Press, January 31, 1919 Chevrons are making headlines again! Today's post is a follow up to a previous article filed under '100 Years Ago Today' about chevrons called Marks of Service, which concludes with the author pleading to its readers: "The man who displays any of the chevrons...has done his full duty …

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