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One Hundred Years Ago

Updated on October 2, 2015

The Last 100 Years Have Been A Time Of Great Changes In The Way People Live Their Lives

One Hundred Years is not a very long time, in fact for many of us, it was the time when our Great Grandparents or even Grandparents were alive, and for some of us, our parents were not far off being born either.

My Mother for example was born in 1918, and my Father in 1922. They are both sadly no longer with us today, but what a different world they both grew up in compared to the one that we know today.

One Hundred Years Ago the automobile was still in it's infancy, and the world had not yet been covered in tarmac or concrete roadways to make their journeys faster and less bumpy. What is credited as being the first powered manned flight, by the Wright Brothers, only took place in 1903, and therefore the Age Of Flight was just beginning as well. It was not until 1927 that Charles Lindbergh took that giant leap and made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

The last one hundred years have seen many discoveries and inventions, some good, some not so good.

We now have highly automated cars, planes and trains that can travel at hundreds of miles per hour. Man has flown to the Moon and back. We have been to both the North and South Poles. Nuclear powered submarines can travel around the world non-stop without the need to surface.

Radio was in it's infancy, and ship to shore telegraphy using Morse Code was just beginning to be introduced. It would be a few years before every house had electricity, let alone radios. Although John Logie Baird had demonstrated the television back in 1876, it would be the 1930s before commercial broadcasting began.

So much has been achieved in such a short time, and yet only 100 years ago, before the unimaginable First World War, life was very different, yet changing faster than in any other time in history.

The articles and images used below are all more than 100 years old, and as such I have been advised by the national Library Of Australia that they are now out of copyright, and may be reproduced. The image above is copyright Tony Payne.

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News From 100 Years Ago

I love to read old news stories, and while doing research for a book that I am hoping to write, based on events that my Grandfather experienced in the early 1900s, I came across the digitised newspapers from the National Library Of Australia which are on a section of their site called Trove, and they are indeed a "Treasure Trove" of information, with thousands of newspapers, photographs and magazines from the Australian Press, dating back as far as 1803, all scanned and indexed.

With Newspapers from one hundred years ago being the main way that people could learn about events around the world, these historic newspapers hold articles of the type that you don't often see today, and tell of events around the world, not all historically significant, but frequently events that we don't experience today.

I hope that you too enjoy delving back into history, and that you enjoy this trip down memory lane, as I take you back in time to the events of yesteryear.


Crime And Criminals

From The Sydney Morning Herald - 18th February 1911

In February 1911 people were beginning to question whether sentencing criminals to years of hard labour was the best way to deal with them, as against using more modern techniques with the hope of being able to rehabilitate them into society.

The Sydney Morning Herald from Australia on the 18th February 1911 included an article that was a follow-up to one printed the previous week about a man who had spent most of his life incarcerated in prison in New Zealand.

The article voices how many readers must have felt sympathy for the man, who was dealt a poor hand by society from the start, and the story holds many similarities with habitual criminals in today's world 100 years later.

Flung adrift upon the world from the beginning, with no knowledge of his mother, and destined to meet his father for the first time as a fellow convict in Pentridge Gaol, the State had charge of him from the age of two years.

At that age he was an infant life, biased, no doubt, towards failure, but set so early within range of whatever redemptive grace the State might have at bestowal as to have every chance of new and safe direction.

The article continues on how society and the system has failed this man, something which still happens all too often today, but also that in the early 1900s the system of using punishment as a means of deterring people from being criminals was being called into question.

Read the original digitised article...


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Britain And Germany 1911

From The Sydney Morning Herald - 11th February 1911

The Sydney Morning Herald from Australia on the 11th February 1911 included an article covering discussions in the House Of Commons the previous day, relating to interchanges between Britain and Germany, and political attempts to improve friendly relations between the two nations.

For those of you who are unaware, at the time when it was the evening of 10th February in London, it was already morning on the 11th February in Sydney, Australia. The fact that the newspaper of the day in Australia could print a story from what was only a few hours previous in England, is due to the laying of the early undersea telegraph cables from London to Australia, the link-up being completed in the 1870's.

It is interesting to note that in early 1911, Germany was eager to be on good relations with Great Britain, however as can be seen from this article of the time, the British Government was already becoming wary of the arms build up in Germany, and was suggesting that "limitation of armaments is the best means of removing distrust".

Read the original digitised article...


Horses Crash Into Fish Shop

From The Sydney Morning Herald - 28th January 1911

The Sydney Morning Herald on 28th January 1911 printed this article about an accident involving a delivery truck, that was being driven up a hill, when the horses became alarmed, causing the driver to lose control. As a result, the horses and their attached vehicle ended up crashing into a fish shop, breaking the window, and causing an injury to one of the horses.


A sensational bolt occurred in William Street, Darlinghurst, at about 5:30 yesterday. Herbert Blackall was driving a two-horse lorry up the hill, and when near Duke Street, the horses became restive, and, getting out of the control of the driver, dashed across the road onto the footpath. The frightened animals then crashed into a fish shop, kept by Isaac Fernandez, on the corner of Duke and William Streets. The window of the shop was smashed, and the grating of the cellar broken, whilst the woodwork of the shop was severely damaged. One of the horses, too, was badly cut by the broken glass.

Apart from the fancy old fashioned use of the English language in the story, it makes us realize that only 100 years ago, goods being delivered in a lorry (truck/cart) pulled by horses, had been the standard way of doing things for thousands of years.

Here we are, at a historic point in time, where life for people all around the world is beginning to change, and stories like this were to be seen no more within the next 20 years.

The other thing that I reflected on, is the pace of the incident. The horses, bolting out of control across the road, might at best have reached 10 miles per hour, maybe a little more, but probably even less. They still caused a significant amount of damage, let alone to one of the horses, whose fate was not specified.

Read the original digitised article...

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Journey On A Branch Line

From The Sydney Morning Herald - 21st January 1911

Travelling by train today you visualise high speed locomotives that rattle along their tracks at over 100 miles per hour, with few stops, and your destination is just hours away. One hundred years ago, however, in the heyday of the age of steam trains, travelling by train was a far more interesting journey, as well as being undertaken at a much slower pace.

The Sydney Morning Herald from Australia on the 21st January 1911 included a great article on what it was like to take a journey on a steam train along a branch line 100 years ago.

Back in 1911 railways were still in their prime, and the main method of transporting freight and passengers overland, with the motor car being still in it's infancy, and neither roads or refuelling stations set up to allow driving between anywhere but the larger cities.

Branch lines are less common these days than they were in the heyday of the railways, and for those of you who don't know what these are, they are suburban lines where trains run less frequently, and which connect smaller townships and villages to the main line.

Steam trains generally run at a much slower speed than modern express trains, and branch line trains used to stop frequently at small stations along the way, making the journey a rather long one, but still a lot faster and simpler than the alternative of going by horse and carriage.

This is a story of a journey along a branch line in Australia in 1911, where the development of the railways was a more recent thing as compared to the UK or USA, and where the arrival of a train in a rural area was still such a novelty that it brought the local people out to watch.

Read the original digitised article...

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The Bearers : On Safari In Deepest Africa

From The Sydney Morning Herald 11th January 1911

The Sydney Morning Herald on the 11th January 1911 had what I think is a wonderful article that paints a vivid mental image of what it was like to go on safari in deepest Africa 100 years ago.

Life is so different now, with tourists from all over the world being able to easily fly to Africa, and with resorts and lodges in the major game reserves providing tours that take them on drives across the savannah to see the Big Five animals, before returning them to their luxury accommodations.

I spent three weeks in Kenya myself in the early 1990s and went on safari twice, camping on the game reserves rather than staying in a luxury resort, but this was still a far cry from this article from 100 years ago, which describes an African safari as if was back then, a long trip into the wilderness with a host of guides and bearers.

One hundred years ago of course, much of Africa was controlled by European nations, with Great Britain being prominent in both East Africa as well as South Africa.

When you think of safaris in those days, you think of scenes from movies like The African Queen (ok that took place mostly on a steamboat), or Tarzan.

The author of this article from the Australian Press is named just STRAY, and I know nothing more of him (or her), but based on the quality of this article I may have to do some research.

Anyhow, after a long introduction, I would like to introduce some excerpts from this article, which is entitled THE BEARERS.

From the balcony it was a blur of red and black amongst the green grass of the compound. And for over an hour there was scarce a stir.

Then a man in dazzling white linen and helmet crossed the road. The blur moved - became a swarm of black and red figures running to and fro across the white road, bearing burdens which at the distance were also blurs. Back and back again for endless bundles, which, thrown down, were lost to sight in the green grass.

The author paints a wonderful image don't you agree, of one hundred or more native bearers, their skin black as ink, all dressed in red, working to move the baggage for the safari into position, ready to begin the journey into the jungle.

Read the original digitised article...

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The Commercial Motor - Development Of Road Locomotion

From the Sydney Morning Herald - 6th January 1911

The Sydney Morning Herald on 6th January 1911 had a very interesting article on the Commercial Motor and the Development Of Road Locomotion.

Doesn't it seem amazing that only 100 years ago the automobile industry was still in it's infancy, and the majority of transport, both private and commercial all used horse drawn vehicles.

The article from this day in 1911 reports on the content of a paper that was read before the Institute of Automobile Engineers, showing statistically how in the short space of 5 years, sales of commercial automobiles in London had gone from an insignificant number to levels that sounded the death knell for horse drawn commercial transport.

In 1904, 585 new horse drawn cabs were licensed in London, compared with only 5 motor cabs. The following year, just over 600 new horse drawn cabs were licensed compared with 5 motor cabs.

It's in 1906 however that we see a change, with the number of new horse drawn cab licenses dropping to less than 400, and the number of new motor cab licenses rising to 40.

The following year, we see the beginning of a new era in commercial transport in London, with the number of new horse drawn licenses dropping sharply to under 200 and the number of motor cab licenses rising to more than 500.

1908 and 1909 respectively saw only 59 and then 50 new licenses being issued for horse drawn transport, whereas for new motor cabs they rocketed to 1715 and 1700.

The figures speak for themselves, as it becomes obvious from the data that many operators of horse drawn cabs are switching over to motor cabs at a rapid rate, having had several years to see the benefits of the automobile over horse power.

The author predicts that by the early 1920s, horse drawn cabs and omnibuses will be obsolete, and that most horse drawn vehicles will have disappeared. How right he was in that prediction.

Read the original digitised article...


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About The Author Of This Page

Tony is a freelance writer who lives on the South Coast of England with his wife Debbie.

He has worked in the IT Industry all his life, and has been writing on various sites for the last 10 years, and although you might expect that he writes about technical topics, it's anything but that.

He enjoys writing about many different topics, often writing about something that grabs him impulsively at the time. Ancient History and Humor are just two diverse topics that he has a passion for, and he also likes to write about his travel experiences and to share his love of photography.

Tony has traveled extensively, both for business and leisure, and has lived in New Zealand and the USA, becoming an American Citizen before returning to his native England.

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @CrossCreations: Thanks. Yes it did take a while to put together, I would love to create more like this, there are so many amazing stories from 100 years ago that have long been forgotten.

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wowza, it must have taken a century for you to create this! 100 Kudos to YOU!

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @RestlessKnights: We certainly have, especially if you consider all forms of transport, space travel, radio, television, computers and so much more.

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      RestlessKnights 4 years ago

      I guess we've come a long way in a century, haven't we?

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @David Stone1: I heard today that the average height for men had gone up by 5 inches in the last 100 years too. So many changes, but not all of them good. I think fast food alone will lead to some disturbing changes in the next 20-50 years.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      The changes have been beyond what anyone could have predicted. You can't cover everything, but I think the most astonishing changes have been in health and the resulting increase in longevity. Infant mortality is way down, and what's considered old age is getting older and healthier.

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Very well done.

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      Yes, what a turbulent period of time. My teenage daughter is studying these years in her history classes this year and she's fascinated with the dynamics and number of changes that happened in a relatively short period of time. The irony is that each era brings not only a great improvement of a mankind but so many bad things at the same time. Excellent lens Tony :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A wonderful lens, very well done.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I find it fascinating how much and how quickly the world changes. What a great lens! I often wonder what type of changes will take place in my lifetime.

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      CampingmanNW 5 years ago

      I see why you won a purple star. Well written, thanks for a great lens

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      It's strange to think how dramatically life has changed in the last 100 years!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is really cool, I like these, it is helpful to me, thank you. :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      So much has changed. Can you picture 100 years from now????

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @senditondown: My Mom died in 1997 in her late 70's. I wonder what she would have thought of just what has happened since then, all the terrorist attacks, and other things that have changed our lives. Princess Diana died just a month after my Mom, that she would have found deeply tragiv too.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @unnamedharald: Your Mom lived to a ripe old age didn't she. I bet she had some stories to tell. Mine passed away in 1997 and was born in 1918. She saw a lot of poverty during the depression years and also a lot of changes in the way we live. Amazing to think it's almost 100 years since the Great War started.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @kindoak: That really worries me too. We have not only seen a huge explosion in population, but great advances in medicine. On the other hand, we have weapons that in the wrong hands could destroy life as we know it, and religious lunatics are causing problems all over the civilized world with their brainwashing and barbaric acts. I fear what the future will bring at times.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @Lady Lorelei: I think that looking back at what life was like 100 years ago makes us realise just how much has changed in such a short time. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Today I feel like I am a hundred years old so it seems the ideal time to stop back on this article lol. Hope your holiday season is bright and jolly (It starts so early on the internet.)

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Oh how I love history. What a fabulous lens. Thank You!!!!

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      unnamedharald 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens very much. I enjoy history-- especially both World Wars and the inter-war period. My grandmother was born in 1900 and just recently died in 2009 at the age of 109, so she witnessed all the changes you discussed.

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      onyesvic 5 years ago

      Great stuff

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Just thought I would stop by and sprinkle a little angel dust you way :)


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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      I remember one of your articles from Yahoo. I really like this information!

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      Fascinating idea for a lens. Old newspapers are so intriguing, and very distracting too if you're trying to look up particular info! Thanks for sharing.

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      Senditondown 5 years ago from US

      I always enjoy looking at pictures and reading articles from the past, getting just a glimpse of the life they lived back then. I was a very late in life child for my father. Today (Sept. 25th) my dad would be 112 years old. I wonder what he would think of the world today...

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful wonderful lens and so informative. Thank you!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Lots of work went into this wonderful page. Very entertaining too! :)

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      It is always fun to go back in time and see the accomplishments others have made and how they struggled to give us a look into their lives. I love what you have created here and appreciate your love of labor in doing so. Best to you.

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      Excellent! The scary thing is that in a single human lifetime (many people live to 100) the world has developed explosively and reached the brink of sustainability.

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      Beautifully done and delightfully entertaining. I adore old newspapers. My own parents were born in 1900 and 1927, and they were both totally amazed by the technology that changed the world in their lifetimes. I wonder what they would think if they could see 2012.

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      Debra Lobel 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Thank you for the journey. Nicely done.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I know you mentioned that you do not think return visits are important but I love this lens and plan on returning to it when I want ;) Just kidding. I hope you are having a wonderful week. it is raining here, and with more heavy rainfall warnings forecast, it is driving me bonkers. I need a magic spell to set me back 100 years ago - maybe it will be sunny then.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      It is truly amazing what has transpired in one hundred years! To be a fly on that proverbial wall in another hundred years!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Fantastic history you share and these newpaper clippings of the past are fantastic. I do hope you publish your book quickly. I look forward to reading it!

      It is amazing to me that I have lived near 60 years and yet it doesn't seem as though that much has changed other than myself getting old-er and tired. Yet for my grandparents I have photos that show the changes they lived through. I wonder if things now are more "improved" as opposed to "new"? (And I use the word 'improved' loosely, as I am not quite sure it is always so.) I guess I will have to await the next 40 years to see how it seems to me!

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      jballs6 6 years ago

      I love reading lenses on times gone by, they are so interesting.

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      Loola 6 years ago

      How times have changed from the time a train travels at about 10mph and the tap-tap typewriter era. Greatly insightful Lens, thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My own parents were born in 1912 - 100 years ago. It simply seems impossible! What a huge century of inventions, progress, and lifestyle changes. Amazing!

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      siobhanryan 6 years ago

      You put a lot of hard work and research into this. I love (Horse crashes into shop window). Congrats

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      helpmeetingneeds 6 years ago

      Hmmmmm, how time have changed, thanks again for sharing.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This lens fascinated me so much as we do development work and understand that some things take time.

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      Love this lens! I came across it as I was researching Art Nouveau and Art Deco and the general "climate" at the turn of the century. Sorry to hear about those horses horses crashing into the the fish shop. Frightened and runaway horses must have been common back then. Around 1900, my great-grandmother's husband was crossing a street and got run over by a runaway horse in the Northeast (USA).

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      Congrats on your shiny new purple! It is so interesting to see the contrast- even in the eloquent way that the newspaper articles are written - at least where I live you don't see anything written like that in the paper.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice to stop by again and congratulate you on the Purple Star. :)

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Really interesting to read about how life was not so long ago. My grandfather was born in 1893, he used to tell us a lot of stories about how things had changed.

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      Kay 6 years ago

      I have really been into genealogy this last year and read a lot of older newspapers. I collect the more interesting articles myself. Some of what I read is stunning and some of what I read directly flies in the face of what we're taught about history. This really is a terrific lens!

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      Can't even imagine what those in the next 100 years will think of 2013. Interesting look back in time and congrats on the purple star - much deserved.

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      golfspice 6 years ago

      Interesting lens - how things change. Congratulations on another purple star!

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      My grandmother lived to be 99. She used to tell wonderful stories with incredible attention to detail. When I think about all the things that were invented in her lifetime, it's just astounding. Great lens and congrats on the Purple Star Tony!

      ;-) Karin

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      I really enjoyed reading through the old newspaper articles for a glimpse into life from a hundred years ago. Interestingly, the older I get, 100 years back doesn't seem all that long ago! With all of the advancements, it would be very interesting to see what life will be like in another 100 years.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I visited this wonderful article on one hundred years ago quite awhile ago - must be almost a hundred years now I am sure? So back once more to make sure that this lens is all spritzed up with some really special sparkly angel dust. Have a wonderful end to the weekend.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This was so interesting. Yes, 100 years ago isn't that long ago especially when I realize that my hubby is 80 years old.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Love history, Amazing! Sundae ;-)

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      What an interesting lens! I've often wondered what my grandparents would have thought of the internet. :) Also, I'm currently tracing great grandparents, and looking through records - and it really brings into focus just how very different their lives were from ours. Fascinating stuff! Blessed. :)

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      Showpup LM 6 years ago

      And to think, 100 yrs ago really was just a blink of the eye in the scheme of things. My grandma and I used to play the '100 years ago' memory game. I loved hearing her comparisons. Even just her exclaiming how surprised my grandpa would have been by 'such-n-such' had he still been alive. Amazing how fast time goes by!

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      It's amazing the amount of things we take for granted these days. Air conditioning, instant communications at our touch, television, etc. It's hard to imagine a life without quick transportation either through air or road and not being able to listen to music in a portable fashion etc.

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      Zut Moon 6 years ago

      You are a lucky man ... this lens will be featured in my lens History Pavillon .... go crazy !!!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'm wondering what the next 100 years will bring. I hope things will get better not worse.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Well, now that you and I are actually closer to being 100 ourselves, it doesn't seem such a long time ago, does it? What is interesting is that once you get to a certain age, you look in the mirror, and ask ... where did the time go??? And, why do I look like my mother??? ... In your case, substitute father. ;)

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      Zut Moon 6 years ago

      Nice lens.,, I see you are South coast of England ... near Cornwall maybe? Love the palm trees ....

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      artillery lm 6 years ago

      awesome lens. a great view. i look forward to more...

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Very nice lens. Researching your family, can be very rewarding, as you well know. This lens reminded me of a story that my Grandfather told about the first time he saw an automobile. He said his brother came running, and said "hurry, here comes one of those things". Funny to think of it now, but there has certainly been a lot of change in the last 100 years.

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      BobBlackUK 6 years ago

      Another great lens. I love people history.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      In another hundred years they'll be looking back at our time and looking for they seeds of technology and innovation that are beyond us now. You are so cool!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, this is very unique lens you've put together, Tony. It's amazing the many advancements that have taken place just in the past 50 years. Imagine how fast news travels today when back in the day, it was mainly through newspapers. Life has become just too fast-paced. I can only imagine what things will look like hundred years from now. Great work...**Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      dschandar 6 years ago

      Great lens to know the information about 100 years ago. Nice collections, done a great job

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      The digitized primary sources are excellent.

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      Really enjoy your writing and your perspective on life.

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      The Philologist 6 years ago

      Those articles were very interesting. I wonder what the mess we've made of the world today will look like in 100 years :P

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Very history. Thanks!

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      kougar lm 6 years ago

      I absolutely love this lens. It is full of interesting articles and information.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Wonderful. Thanks for digging up these articles and sharing them with us.

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      JoleneBelmain 7 years ago

      Wow this is an amazing collection of articles. Great compilation.

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      katiecolette 7 years ago

      It's so interesting to read newspapers from the early 19 hundreds. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      ~ Dropping by to leave my Angels April Fools' Day Quest Blessings ~

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      jolou 7 years ago

      I was born in 1957, and am amazed at times at how things have changed just in my lifetime. In fact, the last 20 years have been something else! How much more amazing it must be for people in their 80s and 90s.

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      Hi Poddy, just came over from Redgage - trying to get my feet wet over there. I just love the different resources we have to help support our writings. I enjoyed your article on "Dominating Your Writing Niche". Great post as well as this lens on "One Hundred Years Ago".

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      nightbear lm 7 years ago

      Great lens Tony. Wonderful job. Blessed by this squid Angel

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for a grand tour into yesteryear. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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      zentao 7 years ago

      As much as things change, they stay the same. Science progresses quickly, but it seems we often find ourselves in similar social issues. I read Dennis Lehane's the Given Day and (set in 1918 boston) and I couldn't help but think how close things were to things wer have dealt with over the last couple of years. Things change yet they cycle back...

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      Debbie 7 years ago from England

      Very interesting lens. It certainly m,akes you realise how far mankind has progressed in the last 100 years. Lensrolled to Family Heirlooms and Antiques Roadshow :)

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Very nice work, Tony. I love the vintage news articles. We're currently watching the DVD series "Sherlock Holmes," which is set in this time period. Tough times for many back then.

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      dwnovacek 7 years ago

      Great lens! Love to read historical lenses. Thank you for featuring my Harriet Chalmers Adams lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love this lens! I love all things historical, and I want to read every one of your wonderful historical lenses. My grandparents had just had their first child one hundred years ago, and my grandma lived to watch the first moon landing with me in 1969! I added my lens on silent movie star Rudolph Valentino to your 19th/20th century lens list.You have lots of great lenses.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      This sure must have taken a lot of work and how true, it was only a 100 years ago. So much to do so little done. We sure have come a long way. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Very interesting lens's hard to believe this was not so long think of all that we ourselves have already experienced in our life time, is amazing. Thanks for sharing this...

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Fascinating stories from 100 years ago and interesting insights. Thank you for putting them into historical context. When I look back on stories my grandmothers told me of which, stories that took place 100 years ago and were part of their lifetime, I also think that my grandchildren may remember 100 years from now the stories I tell them of my grandmothers.

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      Ann Hinds 7 years ago from So Cal

      I added this as a featured lens on my newest one on my family history. I have two letters between my grandmother and her sister that I have titled The Ferris Girls. This is a great addition to show what the time period would have been like. Angel blessed for doing the work for me.:)

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      homphreybugart 7 years ago

      very nice step back in history !

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A hundred years ago, the environment was not so polluted and the insecurity not so high. Great way of putting this lens of one hundred years ago.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      You did a great job here. My sister and I were talking about the old horse and drays that used to deliver milk and other things when we were kids. My nan would pick up the manure from the road to use in her garden.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      Wonderful page, I love old articles and historical paper items...thanks for lensrolling Mary Todd Lincoln and for letting me know about this page so I could enjoy it. I may add her to your list above...hope that's okay:-)

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      Jack 7 years ago

      I love reading about history. Excellent lens.

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      Twmarsh 7 years ago

      I always enjoy reading historical-themed lenses. Nicely done!

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      Vikki 7 years ago from US

      Blessed by a Squid Angel...

      Happy Valentine's Day too!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Yes Poddys, I do delve into the past.

      This is a wonderful resource that I am bookmarking and lensrolling to:

      Also Facebook liking.

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      Ruth Coffee 7 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      It's always interesting to look back and see how our parents, grandparents, and those before them lived. The news stories really make it real. Sometimes I'm as fascinated by the similarities as I am by the differences. I remember watching an early newsreel from a world's fair in the 1800's. The women in their long dresses and hats, I was surprised to see a man approach a woman on the sidewalk, pick her up, whirl her around, and put her down laughing. It made them so human, such a simple act.

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @ZenandChic: Thanks so much for the blessing. You hear of plenty of accidents these days, but not quite the same as this one, and the details and circumstances were so different to what you see these days.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      This is an awesome lens Tony! Horses crash into a fish shop. You don't hear that every day.

      Blessing this lens!


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