Bromo-Seltzer, 1933

WHC Collections 2012.077.0017Got a headache?  In 1933, you may have hopped down to the Woolpert & Legg’s Drugstore, located on the corner of Court and Liberty Streets in Salem, Oregon to pick up a bottle of Emerson’s Bromo-Seltzer.  They might have handed you one of these, too.  Pictured above is the front cover of a notepad (WHC 2012.077.0017) with blank unlined papers inside for taking your own notes.  On the back is a 1933 calendar.

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July 18, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

Recognizing that war might be coming, the paper published the following:

World Leaders

On the diplomatic front, positions are hardening as each side warns the other and each side begins preparing for the possibility of war: Continue reading

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Gearing up for Steam Up 2014

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July 17, 1914

Change Bag.  WHC # 999.376

Change Bag. WHC # 999.376

On the front page, we read how technology has arrived at Ladd and Bush Bank:


Ladd & Bush Bank Has Machine That Makes Change In Any Amount by Merely Pressing a Button. Continue reading

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July 16, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

Events in Mexico dominated the headlines, with even a touch of irony:

Huerta Resigns and Carbajal Is Elected
President – Blanquet’s Threat To Take
Army From Him Forced Him To Let Go
He Took A Few Drinks With Friends and $6,000,000 as a Remembrance Continue reading

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July 15, 1914

By Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

The front page of the Capital Journal had little news of the world except to note that Huerta was still in the capital. During 1914, significant events in the Mexican revolution included:

  • Tampico Affair: Rebel forces under Venustiano Carranza were approaching the oil town of Tampico, where there were substantial numbers of U.S. citizens. American companies were heavily invested in the local oil industry. American warships under the command of Rear Admiral Harry T. Mayo were in the area to protect American citizens and property. Americans sailors detained by Huerta soldiers and later released prompted the Navy to demand a formal apology and the American flag raised ashore with a 21 gun salute. The Mexican commander refuses.
  • In April, American seamen and marines land at Veracruz. Snipers open fire on Americans, four of whom are killed. Eventually 3,300 sailors and 2,000 marines land. 126 Mexicans and 17 Americans killed. As a result of the intrusion, resentment against Americans grows in Mexico.
  • In early June, Battle of Zacatecas becomes one of the bloodiest battles in the Revolution .Pancho Villa’s forces defeat the troops of General Luís Medina Barrón defending the town of Zacatecas. The victory demoralized Huerta’s supporters, leading to his resignation on July 15. After his resignation, Huerta goes into exile in Europe. He eventually returns to the US in an attempt to reenter Mexico. He is placed under house arrest in El Paso till his death in 1916.

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July 14, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

The local papers remain largely silent on European issues. The Austrian Council of Ministers agrees to send an an ultimatum to Serbia on Jul.25, hoping to provoke a localized conflict. Serbia will be given only 48 hours to respond. The Austrian chancellor, Berchtold, reassures Berlin “that there was not a thought of hesitation or uncertainty in existence here.”

The role of women was the subject of a column by Mrs. John Martin, Author:

Between feminism and the family there is an inherent and irreconcilable antagonisms. They are PULLING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS, and sooner or later society will find itself called upon to choose between them. Continue reading

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