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100 Years Ago Today - February 7, 1913

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Geo Beats

Here are 5 news stories from around the world 100 years ago.

What was happening in the world one hundred years ago?

Hi this is Matt and here are 5 New York Times headlines from February 7th, 1913.

Number 5 - Did Tuxedos for women almost made it big? The National Ladies Tailors and Dressmakers Association held their annual convention showcasing what the smartly dressed American woman should be wearing. Models displayed both morning and afternoon walking suits from different states. According to The New York Times, “one of the smartest and most attractive of the walking suits was a Tuxedo of black needle cord”, which included a long, close fitting skirt decorated with black braids down the side.

Number 4 - Tuberculosis was a much larger concern those days. Dr. Friedrich Franz Friedmann of Berlin, known for his “turtle vaccine” that supposedly cured tuberculosis, sent enough serum to cure one patient. In May of that year, the New York City Board of Health would ban Dr. Friedmann’s vaccine along with any others that used “living bacterial organisms in the inoculation of human beings for the prevention and treatment of disease”.

Number 3 - Given the fashion landscape in 1913, hat companies were big advertisers. Imported unblocked Panama hats from Ecuador were advertised for $2.65 each - thanks to bulk shipping in bales. For an extra charge, the hat could be blocked to fit “all shapes and sizes.”

Number 2 - The theory of evolution had initiated an active debate since Darwin's publication 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection' in 1859 . A report mentioned that a symposium supporting Darwin’s theory took place in Chicago which included statements from several highly regarded University educators on recent theologians comments that “evolution has collapsed”.

Number 1 - If you lived in Paris in 1913, flowers and fruits trees had already start to bloom at this time of the year. Unusually warm temperatures meant that flowers were budding a good two months early.