Headlines in History: November 12, 1913

Hopefully the Monday holiday has given you ample rest before you venture out this morning under November skies. In years past, should those skies open up, one would lift up their newspaper and have a flimsy umbrella for a minute or two before it became a soggy mess. Should it rain today, I don’t recommend using Headlines in History to shield you from the rain, but it might just help to deflect office boredom.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate (KY):

For those cartoon enthusiasts out there, you have heard about Mutt and Jeff. It was a wildly successful comic strip in the early 20th century and many regard it as the first daily cartoon. What you might not know is that the comic was so successful it launched a number of spinoffs, including live action films, animated movies, and even stage shows (as seen below). Only Peanuts can compare in the multi-media impact this comic made across American society.

Mutt and Jeff

The Ogden Standard (Ogden City, UT):

The fight to eliminate the great evil, alcohol, heated up in 1913. The Anti-saloon league met, and one man, Joshua Levering, predicted the the “manufacture and sale of alcohol” would be prohibited before 1920. He was off by 17 days.

See also: The Night Before Prohibition Took Effect


Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN):

“Unholy meeting places”. “The things which take place at these dances cannot be told here.” “There is nothing in this city which I can condemn so thoroughly as these public dances.”

In case the quotes didn’t help, Judge W.L. Comstock really hates dances. Sounds like Ren McCormack needs to rally a town again.

See also: Another Comstock Imagined a Sexless Wonderland

Dance Halls

Omaha Daily Bee:

As if the recently announced decision to deliver Amazon packages on Sundays wasn’t bad enough. Back in 1913, Post Office employees were required to lick stamps for the customer. Let’s hope the stamp company didn’t use toxic adhesives.

Post Office