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

[caption id="attachment_2265" align="alignleft" width="596"]A writer any business would love to have A writer any business would love to have[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2264" align="alignleft" width="596"]Walking was in back then Walking was in back then[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2263" align="alignleft" width="596"]We've seen a little rise in property values since then We’ve seen a little rise in property values since then[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2262" align="alignleft" width="596"]They certainly don't "look" cool They certainly don’t “look” cool[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2261" align="alignleft" width="596"]Heed this warning! Fill those shelves![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2259" align="alignleft" width="596"]How tele-communiting began. The first signs of tele-commuting[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2260" align="alignleft" width="596"]Centenary College tuition is now $30k a year (not including room/board) Centenary College tuition is now $30k a year (not including room/board)[/caption]

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  1. What a fun idea. I have a bachelors and a masters in history, so I read a ton of old newspapers for my research. I haven’t even thought about going back to look just for fun. :)

  2. 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.

  3. Interesting and fun to read. Those were the “good ole days”!

  4. 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. :-)

    • @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

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