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“The world is becoming a very paradise for laborers. Men are becoming valuable,” exclaims The Times, In order to reduce that paradise to terrestrial dimensions, the mill-lords of Lancashire have formed an association, for mutually assisting and supporting each other against the demands of the people. But not content with opposing combination to combination, the bourgeoisie threaten to appeal to the interference of law — of law dictated by themselves.
—  Marx - New York Daily Tribune 1853

New York. Original Ellis Island Buildings,1894. 

The United States Immigration Station as Ellis Island was built of wood, and succumbed to fire on June 15th 1897. The cause was thought to be faulty electric wiring.   All 270 people awaiting processing were moved to safety aboard the ferry John G. Carlisle. All immigration records from 1855 to then were lost in the blaze.




“Ever since I have been in office the fear of something like this fire has haunted me, and now that it has come and no lives were lost, I am glad of it. A row of unsightly, ramshackle tinderboxes has been removed, and when the Government rebuilds it will be forced to put up decent fireproof structures.”

Thus did Dr. Joseph H. Senner, Commissioner of Immigration, in charge of Ellis Island, speak yesterday of the fire that devastated the island, leaving it a mass of smoking ruins inside of two hours and seriously imperiling the lives of the 222 persons sleeping in the flimsy wooden structures. That no lives were lost, that not even an injury was sustained by any one in the flames that spread with such frightful rapidity was the wonder of every one yesterday, and was the subject for congratulations on the part of Dr. Senner and his assistants. To these assistants–especially the women nurses in the hospital, the watchmen and Surgeon White–is entirely due the remarkable escape of every panic-stricken immigrant. Dr. Senner could not express too feelingly his appreciation of the cool-headed courage of his aids in the face of extreme danger.


Every person who was seen yesterday by The Tribune reporter in regard to the fire condemned in the severest terms the condition of the buildings which the United States Government had allowed to be used to house at times over night thousands of immigrants. The peril from fire to these helpless and generally ignorant people was fully appreciated by Dr. Senner, and he did all in his power to provide against the loss of life from the fire which he felt would one day occur. The value of his foresight and precautions as displayed in the efforts of his assistants was generally commented on yesterday, and offered a strong contrast to the peculiar inertness of he Government in providing fireproof structures for the island.

Ellis Island yesterday presented a sadly forlorn picture. Three stone buildings remain standing, the engine-house, the electric light and steam plant, and Dr. White’s house–all else is in ruins. The buildings destroyed were the main one, which was 750 feet long and 250 feet wide, and three stories high; the detention pen, which was recently reconstructed; the restaurant, the laundry, the record building, the morgue, the storage-house, and the new disinfecting plant, which had not yet been completed, but upon which $25,000 had already been expended, and in which machinery costing $15,000 had been placed. The southwest landing pier, which had been recently reconstructed and covered at a large expense, was also entirely demolished. Estimates upon the total monetary loss sustained by the United States Government, the immigration officials and the immigrants could not yesterday be made with any degree of accuracy. Dr. Senner puts the rough estimate at somewhere between $500,000 and $1,000,000. It is said that the Government is not responsible for the loss of the personal effects of the immigrants. The poor creatures were in such a state of collapse yesterday at the Barge Office, where they were huddled together, that no definite idea of individual losses could be obtained. The losses were chiefly of clothing and personal trinkets, which probably had no great intrinsic value.

New York Daily Tribune, June, 16th 1897.

Errol Flynn in the May, 1938 issue of Life magazine

« I was surprised to find myself on the cover of [Life] magazine on May 23, 1938: ERROL FLYNN, Glamour Boy, it said in white on a black background. There I was, looking eager, young, happy, posed with my chin on my fist, wearing a thin line of mustache, and looking gaily at the world––on top of which, supposedly, I was sitting. 

The World’s Fair was on at the time, and one of the stunts of the Fair was the burying of a time capsule deep underground, about a hundred feet or so. In this capsule they placed one copy of each of a half-dozen or so of the representative United States publications. The New York Times, Herald Tribune, Daily Worker, Newsweek, Life, one or two others, I believe. The reasoning was that a thousand years from now, when this capsule was to be unearthed, historians would find these publications and would have a look at what was going on at this moment in time. My picture on Life’s cover went underground along with the other materials. »

–– Errol Flynn - My Wicked, Wicked Ways

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The Forest Republican, Tionesta, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1889

Dollar Weekly News, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, November 15, 1890

Harrisburg Telegraph, Pennsylvania, November 17, 1890

The Times, Philadelphia, May 7, 1901

The Evening World, New York, July 19, 1905

Chicago Daily Tribune, June 2, 1914

The Baltimore Sun, Maryland, August 22, 1916

The Morning News, Wilmington, Delaware, June 23, 1919

The News-Review, Roseburg, Oregon, November 16, 1929

I don’t know if anyone else has come across this, but I’ve read a lot of articles (Mental Floss, Jezebel, Smithsonian, NPR) that seem to conclude that while the colours could be interchanged and it wasn’t quite settled (I agree), the colour pink was more commonly a boy’s colour, while blue was for girls, until WWII. Almost all articles quote one single trade journal from 1918: 

The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.

But from what I can find, while there’s some wiggle room - a couple articles I found said pink could certainly be used for boys - for the most part it’s generally been “pink for girls” and “blue for boys” since at least the 1890s. “Pink was a boys colour” seems like a bit of a modern myth perpetuated by that one source. 

anonymous asked:

what on earth is up with the turn of the century vitriol against novels!!! like...dude, i know jane austen poked fun at becoming overly invested in them when she wrote northanger abbey, but that was in the early 1800s, and there was still backlash against them 70 years later?!

Unmarried ladies and young women weren’t even supposed to read the newspapers in the Victorian era! It was considered most unladylike. If your paper had one, your husband might hand you the society page (with the births, marriages and obituaries) or the ladies page, you might browse some select advertisements, but everything else in the paper was most likely too scandalous or exciting for your delicate self. 

Closer to the turn of the century, if you found you couldn’t help yourself and your husband or father thought you could handle it, you might peek at the arts and science sections (and politics “if that interests you” - implying the unlikelihood of that!), but under no circumstance should you read about the vile murders, scandals or intrigues. 

Of course, it’s not so easy to find articles in newspapers explaining this from the time, since, while the men writing it almost certainly agreed with the principles for their own women at home, newspapers wanted to broaden their readership as much as possible and women were an untapped source of sales, both of the papers and for their advertisers. So it was discouraged by the men in their lives, but newspapers actively argued women should be reading the paper (though, certainly, only certain parts). They argued that a woman’s time would be much more profitably spent reading the “safe” parts of their papers than awful, terrible novels.

That’s why around 1890 they began to add more and more pages devoted to women’s interests, sewing patterns, etiquette, poems, motherhood and recipes - and especially ads aimed at women.

From a more progressive article arguing women should read (certain parts) of the newspaper: 

Chicago Daily Tribune, April 13, 1879:

Osawatomie Graphic, Kansas, October 21, 1904: