Headlines in History: November 5, 1913

As you enjoy your toast  with jam and butter this morning, consider how the process of making your bread warm and crispy has changed since 1913. Before electricity, stove top toasters were in fashion. You would place this beauty on top of your gas range, then place bread along the edges.
Thomas Edison, “The Wizard of Menlo Park”, came along and said, “Away with that hot helmet!” (or something along those lines). He invented an electric toaster. To get electricity, one had to unscrew the light bulb in the room and use the socket as the power source. Elegant, graceful, and the future of breakfast:
Of course, since then, toasters have changed shape and size, some have ovens included in the package, but the basic premise remains the same. Through it all, tasty toast has broken fast with billions of mouths, and today we include another succulent addition to the morning routine: Headlines in History.

Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN):

Farmer Ben might need some more spelling lessons, but he does agree that the eddicational system needs some changes, and women teachers are the ones to make those changes. Progressive thinking for semi-literate columnists.

Farmer Ben

The Washington Herald:

In 1913, it was also election time. The biggest issue that year was the Mexican Revolution, with many calling for American intervention. Woodrow Wilson stayed firm in staying out of the conflict, until John J. Pershing and Pancho Villa played tag in the mountains of northern Mexico.

Democrats supported Wilson, and seemingly most of America did too. In 1916, Wilson’s campaign slogan was, “He Kept Us Out of War”.  Ah irony.


The Adair Country News (Columbia, KY):

No worries about elections in Kentucky. CLLLLLLLLLLLLLYDE!!!!!!


Toaster image credits: The Apron Revolution