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                      “Do you have a camouflag…

                      “Do you have a camouflage
bathing suit? It’s the summer’s Newest Fad!”


”Even the bathing costume has been reborn by the war, and camouflage is the
order of the day.”


Photo: June 15, 1919, dazzle-style swimwear – The New York Tribune

Les ModesRevue mensuelle illustrée, 1919, Gallica


                                                                  Testing the wind

100 years ago today, two debonnaire British aviators, John Alcock and Arthur Brown, made the first
non-stop transatlantic flight
, from Newfoundland to Ireland. Their friend, Margaret
Carter, captured on camera the pilots and field crew’s intimates moments before
this history-making flight.

See the awesome article and photos “In 1919, Margaret Carter had a camera and
access to history-making pilots Alcock and Brown”

Photo: June 1919, Testing the wind in St John’s Newfoundland, photo by
Margaret Carter – CBC

           “The Palace, if I may say so withou…

           “The Palace, if I may say so without bragging, was the
first place most of our boys went”


‘There were hundreds of Yanks in England and thousands passing
through every day en route to France. The show was called “Hullo, America!” and I filled it full of American
songs, and I blew off a lot of my war steam in a song which I wrote and sang
called “When I Take My Jazz Band to the Fatherland.”

That song became the talk of London, and
the word “jazz,” which was new to the British, became a household
necessity. Papers wrote editorials about it, duchesses discussed it, bus girls
buzzed about it, and dancing teachers reaped the harvest by insisting that
“jazz” was a dance, then proceeded to teach the innocent but
inquiring English the “jazz roll,” something we never saw or tried to
do, an acrobatic atrocity; then preachers started to preach about the
immorality of this dance, and of course America had to take the blame. It ended
by several English managers bringing over several real jazz bands, and the British are still gasping. They say the ear specialists of London are going to present me with
a medal for introducing jazz to London…’

1919, American actress Elsie Janis – after the armistice, she performed
at the Palace in London, in a hit show called “Hullo, America!” In this show, she told her war stories and sang in the manner of
soldiers of different nationalities – “The Big Show: My Six Months with the American Expeditionary Forces”

Other sources: Elsie Janis in ‘Hullo, America’ Elsie Janis Becomes
“Sweetheart of the Doughboys,” 1918

                                  “I must have…

                                  “I must have a horse, a tractor cannot take us to church”

‘The French peasant is an extreme
individualist and only dire necessity could have broken down this barrier.
Under the auspices of the C.A.R.D. the whole area was regarded as one big farm
and agricultural syndicates were formed, which pooled plowing, planting and harvesting. To speed up the work
these indefatigable American women imported batteries of tractors,
which were operated free of cost to the farmer. Now
we come to an evidence of the French peasant’s
stubbornness. The tractors were
used to break up the wire-ridden land and enabled the farmers to get back to something like normal. Some of
the peasants rebelled, saying that they preferred to cultivate the
individual farms on their own, and with horses. When
one of the American workers asked a wizened old man near Blérancourt why he
wanted to use an animal-drawn plow his answer was, “I must have a horse because
a horse can not only work in the field week days but take the family to mass on
Sunday. A tractor cannot take us to church.”’


The Saturday Evening Post, Volume 194 – Photo: 1919, Blérancourt, France,
French peasant and his horse – Ministere de la Culture, France

Anne Morgan’s War: Rebuilding Devastated France, 1917–1924 | The Morgan Library & Museum Online Exhibitions      


                 “Why not just put me down as …

“Why not just put me down as short, stout, and gray?”

May 28 1919
“I am not ashamed to tell you that I am
63, although many take me for 20 years more than my real age,” replied
Mrs. Smith (pictured in the center) when the election commissioner asked
her age. “Why not just put me down as short, stout, and gray?”

In Nebraska, the anti-suffrage forces
gathered signatures to suspend a limited woman suffrage act signed in 1917. But the women suffragists fought back and won
their battle in court. Read this great story here.

“This morning, bright and early, a few of us g…

“This morning, bright and early, a few of us got together and tied sprays of
flowers to put on the graves of the soldiers who have died since coming into
Germany. It has been a very warm, cloudless day, and I have never seen a more
lovely one.

We drove up to the little cemetery on a hill overlooking Coblenz and the
smiling landscape all around. Such a quiet, peaceful spot, tucked away in the
corner of the woods, and not a sound to break the stillness. One hates to think of our boys buried in German soil, and yet, if it must
be, a more ideal place could not be found.

Welfare workers were
assembled, as well as a great crowd of soldiers and officers. The graves were
soon covered with flowers and flags and then we all stood in a large circle
waiting for the service to begin. Two or three companies of soldiers were
marching up the hill, and in a moment they appeared around the bend of the
road. A military band preceded them, playing the Chopin Funeral March.

The service was a short
one. At its end, a plane sailed close overhead and dropped flowers. Then came
taps, the saddest and most poignantly beautiful notes in all the world. For a
few moments thereafter an intense silence fell upon the crowd. Slowly the
soldiers filed out and down the winding road and were lost to sight.”

Memorial Day 1919, Marian
American YMCA worker in Germany, Canteening Overseas,
– Photo: Memorial Day 1919, Coblenz, Germany


                                                   “They will not go back”

‘May 21 1919 – The
real triumph belongs to the women.

objective was the national enfranchisement of women. A tiny step, you may say.
True! But the first step in the long struggle of women for political, economic
and social emancipation.

How revolutionary will be the
changes when women get this power and responsibility no one can adequately foretell.
One thing is certain. They will not go back. They will never again be good and
willing slaves.

It has been a long, wearying
struggle. Although drudgery has persisted throughout, there have been moments
of great joy and beauty. The relief that comes after a great achievement is
sweet. There is no bitterness.

All along women have kept their
faith in women.’

May-June 1919, celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment –  “Jailed for Freedom” by Doris Stevens,  American suffragist, woman’s legal rights advocate and author –
Photo: May 21 1919: “the real triumph belongs to women”

On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the 19th

and 2 weeks
later, the Senate followed. The 19th amendment to the constitution guarantees
all American women the right to vote.


“And then the Statue
of Liberty”

‘The harbor is magnificent. You have to be
proud when you look at it. And then the Statue
of Liberty. It seems so to epitomize all America, the hope that burns in the earnest eyes of the immigrants. The whole sky was softly flaming in rose color and the gigantic
buildings cut sharply into it in massive lines of real beauty. I felt busting with pride and wanted to say, “This is my own country”.’

1919, returning from Europe, Natalie Scott,
American philanthropist, decorated war hero, journalist, Red Cross nurse,
translator, teacher and social worker – Natalie
Scott: A Magnificent Life

Photo: NY Harbor, circa 1919-1920 – “Vue sur la statue de la Liberté, New-York, tirage
gélatino-argentique” – Les Snapshots – Etudes photographiques – Open Edition



“I am not afraid”

“They call me ‘The Girl with Nine Lives.’ Well, if the
description is right, I am pretty certain that I have lost eight of the nine
already, for it is a rather weird coincidence that in my career as the
‘hazardous Helen’ there have been just eight occasions when I really did come
within a fraction of an inch of losing my life. But I am not afraid; I am just
going to keep on carrying out the actions of thrilling scenarios. Only I hope
the ninth extra narrow escape is a long, long way off.”

WW1 era, HollywoodHelen Gibson, aka the “Girl with Nine Lives” and “Daredevil Helen”, is considered Hollywood’s first woman stunt performer. She began her stunt
career in 1914 in The Hazards of Helen, as a heroic railroad telegrapher who has to fight railroad villains while leaping on to moving trains from cars and
horses to save lives. The Hazards of Helen ran from 1914 to 1917

Bizarre Los
by Craig Owens, photographer and author of the
book, Haunted by History, Vol. 1

Photo: 1916, Helen Gibson is not afraid
– Ministère de la culture, France.

Other sources: The Movie Magazine: A National Motion
Picture Magazine
Volumes 1-2 – Silent Mystery and Detective Movies: A
Comprehensive Filmography


                                              ‘Why do you keep botherin’ the President?”

”You ladies must know that this is
goin’ a bit too far! Why do you keep botherin’ the President? Don’t you know he
has got enough to think about with the Peace Conference and fixin’ up the whole
world on his mind?“

, New York City,

sailors and soldiers shaming the women suffragists who
attempted to walk toward the Opera House, where President Wilson
was giving a speech – Jailed for Freedom by Doris Stevens,
American suffragist, woman’s legal rights advocate and author. Between 1917 and
1919, Doris Stevens was a prominent participant in the Silent

Photo: American suffragist being shamed by a crowd of
men and arrested by the police for picketing at the White
House gates.

Other sources: President Wilson and Women’s SuffrageWomen of Protest The Prison Special: One Last Push
for Women’s Suffrage