On This Day: 100 Years Ago

cartoonI love skimming through old newspapers and magazines to see what kind of things people were concerned about in their day and to glean any wisdom/insights from different generations. Just as Charlie has shared what he’s learned from his grandpa about the Great Depression and living as a farmer – there is so much precious gold in history.

I thought it would be fun to look back 100 years ago to the day at some old personal finance related news articles and ads (namely, the New York Times and the Minneapolis Morning Tribune – now, the StarTribune). It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come since the type-set newspapers! (all items are from August 7, 1913


A writer any business would love to have
A writer any business would love to have
Walking was in back then
Walking was in back then
We've seen a little rise in property values since then
We’ve seen a little rise in property values since then
They certainly don't "look" cool
They certainly don’t “look” cool
Heed this warning!
Fill those shelves!
How tele-communiting began.
The first signs of tele-commuting
Centenary College tuition is now $30k a year (not including room/board)
Centenary College tuition is now $30k a year (not including room/board)
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6 comments

  1. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer says:

    Wow, Aaron, wouldn’t it be nice to have that little cottage with a water view and all for 3K? That would get us out of debt real quick. :-)

    • Aaron says:

      @Laurie – yeah, could have it paid off in a couple months! :)
      @Judy – you’re right!
      @Charlie – times have changed
      @Cat – cool, thanks for stopping by

  2. Charlie says:

    Aaron – loved the article! I especially liked the telephone ad! It’s funny how they portray the ‘telephone’ as freeing. “You can call into the office to give direction, and have the rest of the day to stay in the country and play tennis!” haha :) Now we are so tied to our cell phones wherever we go. Funny how times have changed.

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