Here's my little glance at 1912. I'm telling you right now, in case you didn't already know this, but this year is going to get a lot more look backs than usual because it marks the one hundredth anniversary of a couple of famous events: the disastrous end of Robert Falcon Scott's South Pole expedition; the sinking of the Titanic; and Theodore Roosevelt's last stand as the candidate for his own progressive Bull Moose party (note: at that time Bull Moose probably didn't sound like such a non-starter of a name considering it was only about a hundred years since the days of parties called "Know-Nothings" and "Free Soil").Oh, and welcome to the Union, Arizona and New Mexico.
I wish I could figure out how to do links within a post so you could jump directly to your topic of interest, but I haven't been able to find out how to do that, if it's even possible. The best I can do is give you this little non-linking table of contents so you at least have some idea of the order of things.
Prices in 1912
Pictures - Sports
Pictures - Magazine Covers
Pictures - Movies
Pictures - Fashion
(I got these from Wikipedia, same with births and deaths, so all warnings apply. Nothing seemed crazily suspicious to me, but let me know if you see anything wrong. Any notes from me are in italics - KA)
January 1 – The Republic of China is established.
January 4 – The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter.
January 5 (Old Style December 23, 1911)
Prague Party Conference: Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik Party break away from the rest of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party.
Stanislavski and Craig's seminal symbolist Moscow Art Theatre production of Hamlet opens.
January 6 – New Mexico is admitted as the 47th U.S. state.
January 8 – The African National Congress is founded.
January 12 – Thirty thousand workers walk out of textile mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, beginning the so-called Bread and Roses strike, the most dramatic and successful strike in American labor history.
January 17 – British polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott and a team of four become the second expeditionary group to reach the South Pole.
January 23 – The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.
January 27 – The city of Chandler, Quebec, is founded.
February 14 – Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
March 1 – Albert Berry makes the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.
March 5 – Italian forces are the first to use airships for a military purpose, utilising them for reconnaissance west of Tripoli behind Turkish lines.
Roald Amundsen (in Hobart) announces his success in reaching the South Pole last December.
French aviator Henri Seimet makes the first non-stop flight from Paris to London, in three hours. March 12 – The Girl Scouts of the USA are founded.
March 16 – Lawrence Oates, dying member of Scott's South Pole expedition, leaves the tent saying, "I am just going outside and may be some time."
March 27 – Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gives 3,000 cherry blossom trees to be planted in Washington, D.C., to symbolize the friendship between the two countries.
March 29 – The remaining members of Scott's South Pole expedition die.
March 30 – France establishes a protectorate over Morocco.
The Titanic, when it worked.
April 10 – The British ocean liner RMS Titanic leaves Southampton in England on her maiden voyage for New York City.
April 11 – RMS Titanic arrives at Queenstown in Ireland, picking up her final complement of passengers before steaming westwards for New York.
April 14 (11:40 p.m.) – RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg in the northern Atlantic Ocean.
April 15 (2:20 a.m.) – RMS Titanic sinks, taking with her the lives of more than 1,500 people. (You can read the NYTimes original article here.)
April 18 – The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia arrives in New York with 705 survivors of the Titanic diaster. (By the way, the classic of Titanic books is A Night to Remember by Walter Lord; read it if you haven't.)
April 19 – The United States Senate initiates an official inquiry into the Titanic disaster, hastily issuing subpoenas for White Star personnel before they can return to the United Kingdom.
Tiger Stadium (Detroit) opens.
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, opens.
April 30 – The cable ship Mackay-Bennett arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, carrying the bodies of 306 victims of the Titanic disaster recovered from the North Atlantic.
May 2 – The British Board of Trade inquiry into the Titanic disaster begins, presided over by Lord Mersey.
The New York Times reports a find of gigantic humans made while excavating a mound at Lake Delevan, Wisconsin. According to the news account, 18 skeletons are found in one large mound at a Lake Lawn farm.
Suffragists and their supporters parade in New York City. More than ten thousand women and a thousand men are reported to have participated.
The Olympic Games open in Stockholm, Sweden.
May 12 – Grand opening of the Beverly Hills Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California.
May 13 – In the United Kingdom, the Royal Flying Corps (forerunner of the Royal Air Force) is established.
May 18 – The Detroit Tigers go on strike to protest the suspension of Ty Cobb. A replacement team recruited from the coaching staff and local colleges is fielded to avoid a forfeiture to the Philadelphia A's in a lopsided loss.
May 23 – The Hamburg America Line's SS Imperator is launched in Hamburg and is the world's largest ship.
May 25 – After more than a month and thousands of hours of testimony, the American inquiry into the Titanic disaster concludes, placing the bulk of the blame upon the White Star Line, J. Bruce Ismay, and Captain Edward Smith.
May 30 – Joe Dawson wins the second Indianapolis 500-Mile Race after Ralph DePalma's Mercedes breaks down within sight of the finish.
June 4 – A fire in Istanbul destroys 1,120 buildings.
June 5 – U.S. Marines land in Cuba.
June 6 – June 8 – Mount Novartis erupts in Alaska.
June 8 – Carl Laemmle incorporates Universal Pictures.
June 10 – Villisca Axe Murders are committed in Villisca, Iowa.
June 18 – The Republican National Convention nominates incumbent President William Howard Taft in Chicago, defeating a challenge by former President Theodore Roosevelt, whose delegates bolt the convention.
June 25 – The Democratic National Convention nominates New Jersey Gov. Thomas Woodrow Wilson in Baltimore.
June 30 – The deadliest tornado in Canadian history happens in Regina, Saskatchewan being called the Regina Cyclone.
July 3 – The British inquiry into the Titanic disaster concludes.
July 12 – United States release of Sarah Bernhardt's film Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth is influential on the development of the movie feature.
July 19 – A meteorite with an estimated mass of 190 kg explodes over the town of Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona causing thousands of pieces of debris to rain down on the town.
July 28 – A pier at Binz on the German island of Rügen collapses under the load of a thousand people waiting for the cruise steamer Kronprinz Wilhelm; seventeen are drowned.
July 30 – Emperor Meiji of Japan dies. He is succeeded by his son Yoshihito who becomes Emperor Taisho. In Japanese History, the event marks the end of the Meiji era and the beginning of the Taisho era.
August 1 – The Jungfraubahn rack railway is inaugurated in Switzerland.
August 4 – United States occupation of Nicaragua: U.S. Marines land from the USS Annapolis in Nicaragua to support the conservative government at its request.
August 5 – Dissident U.S. Republicans form the Progressive or Bull Moose Party, and nominate former President Theodore Roosevelt as their presidential candidate.
August 12 – Sultan Abd Al-Hafid of Morocco abdicates.
August 25 – The Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party, is founded.
September 25 – The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is founded in New York City, New York.
September 28 – The Ulster Covenant is signed by half a million Ulstermen and women in opposition to the Third Irish Home Rule Bill.
October 8 – The First Balkan War begins: Montenegro declares war against Turkey.
October 14 – While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former President Theodore Roosevelt is shot by saloonkeeper John Schrank. With a fresh flesh wound and the bullet still in him, Roosevelt delivers his scheduled speech. After finishing his speech, he went to the hospital, where it was deduced that if he had not had his speech in his breast pocket when he was shot, he most likely would have died.
Bulgarian pilots Radul Minkov and Prodan Toprakchiev perform the first bombing with an airplane in history, at the railway station of Karaagac near Edirne against Turkey.
The Boston Red Sox, assisted by a famous error, defeat the New York Giants in extra innings to win the 1912 World Series, in what is considered one of the greatest games of baseball ever played.
October 18 – Italy and the Ottoman Empire signed a treaty in Ouchy near Lausanne ending the Italo-Turkish War.
November 1 - Izmir's first sport club, Karsiyaka Muaresei Bedeniye Kulübü (currently Karsiyaka Spor Kulübü), is founded.
November 5 – U.S. presidential election, 1912: Democratic challenger Woodrow Wilson wins a landslide victory over Republican incumbent William Howard Taft. Taft's base is undercut by Progressive Party candidate (and former Republican) Theodore Roosevelt, who finishes second, ahead of Taft.
November 28 – Albania declares independence from the Ottoman Empire.
December 18 – Piltdown Man, thought to be the fossilized skull of a hitherto unknown form of early human, presented to the Geological Society of London. It is revealed to be a hoax in 1953.
December 30 – The First Balkan War ends temporarily: Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, and Serbia (the Balkan League) sign an armistice with Turkey, ending the two-month long war.
Some greats were born in 1912.
January 1 – Kim Philby, British spy (d. 1988) (Everyone's Cold War favorite!)
January 2 – Hans Leussink, German politician (d. 2008)
January 3 – Armand Lohikoski, Finnish director (d. 2005)
Jacques Ellul, French philosopher (d. 1994)
Danny Thomas, American singer, actor, producer and comedian (Make Room for Daddy) (d. 1991)
Charles Addams, American cartoonist (d. 1988)
Ivan Yakubovsky, Marshal of Soviet Union (d. 1976)
José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor (d. 1992)
Lawrence E. Walsh, American jurist
January 19 – Leonid Kantorovich, Russian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)
January 21 – Konrad Emil Bloch, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 2000)
Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (d. 2009)
Francis Rogallo, American aeronautical engineer (d. 2009)
January 28 – Jackson Pollock, American painter (d. 1956)
Werner Hartmann, German physicist (d. 1988)
Barbara Tuchman, American historian (d. 1989) (Read her books! Now!)
Francis Schaeffer, American Evangelical theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor (d. 1984)
February 2 – Millvina Dean, youngest passenger and survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster (d. 2009)
February 3 – Mary Carlisle, American actress and singer
Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian conductor (d. 1993)
Byron Nelson, American golfer (d. 2006)
February 6 – Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler's mistress (d. 1945)
February 7 – Roberta McCain, mother of John McCain.
February 11 – Roy Fuller, English poet and novelist (d. 1991)
February 20 – Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
February 27 – Lawrence Durrell, British writer (d. 1990)
March 1 – Boris Chertok, Polish-born Russian rocket designer (d. 2011)
Afro Basaldella, Italian painter (d. 1976)
Judith Furse, British character actress (d. 1974)
Carl Marzani, American documentarian (d. 1994)
March 5 – David Astor, British newspaper publisher (d. 2001)
March 8 – Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (d. 2003)
March 12 – Irving Layton, Canadian poet (d. 2006)
Les Brown, American band leader (d. 2001)
W. Willard Wirtz, American administrator (d. 2010)
March 15 – Lightnin' Hopkins, American musician (d. 1982)
March 16 – Pat Nixon, First Lady of the United States (d. 1993)
March 17 – Bayard Rustin, American civil rights activist (d. 1987)
Lucien Laurin, Canadian horse trainer (d. 2000)
Art Gilmore, American radio and television announcer (d. 2010)
March 22 – Karl Malden, American actor (The Streets of San Francisco) (d. 2009)
March 23 – Wernher von Braun, German-born American physicist and engineer (d. 1977)
March 24 – Dorothy Height, American activist (d. 2010)
March 25 – Jean Vilar, French stage actor (d. 1971)
March 27 – James Callaghan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2005)
March 31 – William Lederer, American writer (d. 2009)
April 2 – Herbert Mills, "Mills Brothers" tenor (d. 1989)
April 7 – Jack Lawrence, American composer (d. 2009)
Alois Brunner, Austrian captain
Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (d. 1969)
April 11 – Gusti Wolf, Austrian actress (d. 2007)
April 12 – Walt Gorney, American actor (d. 2004)
April 15 – Kim Il Sung, President of North Korea (d. 1994)
Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (d. 1997)
David Langton, British actor, (d. 1994)
April 17 – Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-born actress and singer, naturalized citizen of the United States
April 19 – Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
April 22 – Kathleen Ferrier, British contralto (d. 1953)
April 26 – A. E. van Vogt, Canadian-born writer (d. 2000)
April 27 – Zohra Segal, Indian stage and film actress
Odette Sansom, French World War II heroine (d. 1995)
Kaneto Shindo, Japanese film director
May 3 – Virgil Fox, American organist (d. 1980)
May 6 - Bill Quinn, American radio performer (d. 1994)
May 9 – Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (d. 1963)
May 11 – Foster Brooks, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)
May 12 – Archibald Cox, American Watergate special prosecutor (d. 2004)
May 14 – Ben Hogan, American golfer (d. 1997)
May 16 – Studs Terkel, American writer and broadcaster (d. 2008)
May 17 – Ace Parker, American baseball and football player
Perry Como, American singer (d. 2001)
Walter Sisulu, South African anti-apartheid activist (d. 2003)
Monty Stratton, American baseball player (d. 1982)
Akiva Vroman, Dutch-born Israeli geologist and Israel Prize recipient (d. 1989)
May 22 – Herbert C. Brown, English-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)
Betty Astell, British actress (d. 2005)
Jean Françaix, French composer (d. 1997)
John Payne, American actor (d. 1989)
May 25 – Princess Dukhye of Korea (d. 1989)
Cedric Phatudi, Chief Minister of Lebowa bantustan (d. 1987)
Sam Snead, American golfer (d. 2002)
John Cheever, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1982)
Patrick White, Australian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)
Herman Johannes, Indonesian professor, scientist and politician (d. 1992)
May 29 – Pamela Hansford Johnson, English poet, novelist, playwright, literary and social critic (d. 1981)
Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 2004)
Joseph Stein, American librettist (d. 2010)
Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, American politician (d. 1983)
June 4 – Robert Jacobsen, Danish artist (d. 1993)
June 5 – Dean Amadon, American ornithologist (d. 2003)
June 6 – Maria Montez, Dominican actress (d. 1951)
Harry Holtzman, American artist (d. 1987)
J. Walter Kennedy, former NBA commissioner (d. 1977)
June 9 – Philip Simmons, American ornamental ironworker (d. 2009)
June 16 – Enoch Powell, British politician (d. 1998)
June 21 – Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, and intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (d. 2000)
June 23 – Alan Turing, British mathematician (d. 1954)
June 24 – Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (d. 1994)
June 25 – William T. Cahill, American politician (d. 1996)
June 26 – Jay Silverheels, American actor (The Lone Ranger) (d. 1980)
June 27 – Chen Kenmin, Japanese chef (d. 1990)
June 30 – Ludwig Bölkow, German aeronautical engineer (d. 2003)
David R. Brower, American environmentalist (d. 2000)
Sally Kirkland, American fashion editor (d. 1989)
July 4 – Said Akl, Lebanese poet and ideologue
July 6 – Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer and explorer (d. 2006)
July 11 – William F. Walsh, American politician (d. 2011)
July 14 – Woody Guthrie, American folk musician (This Land Is Your Land) (d. 1967)
July 17 – Art Linkletter, American television host (House Party) (d. 2010)
July 18 – Max Rousié, French rugby footballer (d. 1959)
July 28 – George Cisar, American actor (d. 1979)
Milton Friedman, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2006)
Irv Kupcinet, American newspaper columnist (d. 2003)
August 1 – Frank K. Edmondson, American astronomer (d. 2008)
August 2 – Palle Huld, Danish actor (d. 2010)
August 3 – Fritz Hellwig, German politician (CDU) and former European Commissioner for Science & Research
August 9 – Anne Brown, American soprano (d. 2009)
August 10 – Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian author (d. 2001)
Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (d. 2004)
Norman Levinson, American mathematician (d. 1975)
August 13 – Salvador Luria, Italian-born biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1991)
Julia Child, American TV chef (d. 2004)
Ustad Amir Khan, Indian classical vocal singer (d. 1974)
Ted Drake, English footballer (d. 1995)
Wendy Hiller, English actress (d. 2003)
August 23 – Gene Kelly, American actor (d. 1996)
August 24 – Essie Summers, New Zealand writer (d. 1998)
Erich Honecker, East German leader (d. 1994)
George Cisar, American baseball player (d. 2010)
August 27 – Gloria Guinness, Mexican-born English fashion icon (d. 1980)
Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)
Nancy Wake, New Zealand World War II heroine (d. 2011)
August 31 – Katsumi Tezuka, Japanese actor
John Cage, American composer (d. 1992)
Frank Thomas, American animator (d. 2004)
September 10 – Mary Walter, Filipino actress (d. 1993)
September 11 – David Packard, American electrical engineer (d. 1996)
September 13 – Reta Shaw, American actress (d. 1982)
September 19 – Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (d. 2011)
Chuck Jones, American animator (Warner Brothers) (d. 2002)
György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (d. 2005)
Herbert Mataré, German physicist and European co-inventor of the transistor (d. 2011)
Martha Scott, American actress (d. 2003)
September 24 – Don Porter, American actor (d. 1997)
September 27 – Tauno Marttinen, Finnish composer (d. 2008)
September 29 – Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian film director (d. 2007)
October 1 – Kathleen Ollerenshaw, British mathematician
Karl Hass, German Nazi war criminal (d. 2004)
Kristina Söderbaum, German actress (d. 2001)
October 6 – Perkins Bass, American politician (d. 2011)
October 16 – Clifford Hansen, American politician (d. 2009)
October 17 – Pope John Paul I (d. 1978)
October 21 – Georg Solti, Hungarian conductor (d. 1997)
October 22 – Johan Hendrik Weidner, Belgian World War II resistance fighter (d. 1994)
October 25 – Minnie Pearl, American humorist (d. 1996)
October 27 – Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (d. 1997)
October 31 – Ollie Johnston, American animator (d. 2008)
November 1 – Gunther Plaut, German-born Canadian rabbi and writer
November 3 – Alfredo Stroessner, President of Paraguay (d. 2006)
November 4 – Vadim Salmanov, Russian composer (d. 1978)
November 6 – Toke Townley, English actor (d. 1984)
November 8 – June Havoc, Canadian actress (d. 2010)
Birdie Tebbetts, baseball player and manager (d. 1999)
Jean-Hilaire Aubame, Gabonese politician (d. 1989)
November 11 – Larry LaPrise, American songwriter (d. 1996)
November 13 – Claude Pompidou, wife of French President Georges Pompidou (d. 2007)
Barbara Hutton, American socialite (d. 1979)
T. Y. Lin, Chinese-born civil engineer (d. 2003)
November 16 – George O. Petrie, American actor (d. 1997)
November 19 – George Emil Palade, Romanian microbiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 2008)
November 20 – Otto von Habsburg, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary (d. 2011)
Eleanor Powell, American actress and dancer (d. 1982)
Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 – 1999 (d. 1999)
November 24 – Bernard Delfgaauw, Dutch philosopher (d. 1993)
Hugo del Carril, Argentine film actor, film director and tango singer (d. 1989)
Gordon Parks, African-American photographer and artist (d. 2006)
December 10 – Philip Hart, Democratic United States Senator from Michigan from 1959 – 1976 (d. 1976)
December 11 – Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (d. 2007)
December 12 – Henry Armstrong, American boxer (d. 1988)
December 17 – Edward Short, British politician
December 22 – Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States (d. 2007)
December 25 – Natalino Otto, Italian singer (d. 1969)
December 27 – Conroy Maddox, British painter (d. 2005)
Gustave de Molinari, Belgian economist (b. 1819)
Eloy Alfaro Delgado Gabriel, former President of Ecuador (b. 1842)
February 4 – Franz Reichelt, Austrian Tailor/Inventor (b. 1800s)
February 10 – Joseph Lister, English surgeon (b. 1827)
Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox monk and saint (b. 1836)
Lawrence Oates, English Army officer (b. 1880)
February 21 – Osborne Reynolds, Irish physicist (b. 1842)
February 25 – Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (b. 1852)
March 1 – George Grossmith, English actor and comic writer (b. 1847)
March 29 – Members of the Scott Expedition to the South Pole:
Henry Robertson Bowers, Scottish naval officer (b. 1883)
Edgar Evans, Welsh naval officer (b. 1876)
Robert Falcon Scott, English explorer (b. 1868)
Edward Adrian Wilson, English physician and naturalist (b. 1872)
March 30 – Karl May, German author (b. 1842)
April 12 – Clara Barton, American nurse (b. 1821)
April 15 – 11 out of 1,500 victims of the RMS Titanic sinking:
Thomas Andrews, Jr., Irish shipbuilder (b. 1873)
John Jacob Astor IV, American businessman (b. 1864)
Archibald Butt, American presidential aide (b. 1865)
Thomas R.D. Byles, English-born Catholic priest (b. 1870)
Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman (b. 1865)
Edward J. Smith, English ship's captain (b. 1850)
William Thomas Stead, English journalist (b. 1849)
Isidor Straus, German-born owner of Macy's (b. 1845)
Ida Straus, wife of Isidor Straus (1 of only 5 Titanic First-class female fatalities) (b. 1849)
Jack Phillips, senior wireless officer of the Titanic (b. 1887)
Wallace Hartley, violinist and band leader of the Titanic (b. 1878)
April 20 – Bram Stoker, Irish writer (Dracula) (b. 1847)
August Strindberg, Swedish playwright and painter (b. 1849)
Frederick VIII, King of Denmark (b. 1843)
May 25 – Austin Lane Crothers, American politician (b. 1860)
May 30 – Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer (b. 1867)
June 1 – Philip Parmalee, American aviator (b. 1887)
June 10 – Anton Aškerc, Slovene poet (b. 1856)
June 12 – Frédéric Passy, French economist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1822)
June 24 – Sir George Stuart White, British field marshal (b. 1835)
June 25 – Hubert Latham, French aviator, (b. 1883)
Harriet Quimby, aviator, had a contract for Vin Fiz grape soda ads because of her trademark purple flightsuit.
July 1 – Harriet Quimby, American Aviator (b. 1875)
July 2 – Tom Richardson, English cricketer (b. 1870)
July 17 – Henri Poincaré, French mathematician (b. 1854)
July 30 – Meiji Emperor of Japan (b. 1852)
August 7 – François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (b. 1841)
August 8 – Ross Winn, American anarchist writer and publisher (b. 1871)
August 13 – Jules Massenet, French composer (b. 1842)
Walter Goodman, British painter, illustrator and author (b. 1838)
William Booth, English founder of the Salvation Army (b. 1829)
October 6 – Auguste Marie François Beernaert, Belgian statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1829)
October 24 – Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (b. 1842)
October 30 – James S. Sherman, 27th Vice President of the United States (b. 1855)
November 10 – Louis Cyr, Canadian strongman (b. 1863)
November 28 – Walter Benona Sharp, American oil pioneer (b. 1870)
December 12 – Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, Prince Regent of Bavaria (b. 1821)
December 18 – William McKendree Carleton, American poet (b. 1845)
December 23 – Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (b. 1850)
Prices in 1912
(Thank you to my childhood hangout, the Morris County Library, for their great archive of prices.)
Abbott-Detroit, 7 passenger, new, 1,800.00
Ford Model T, new, 5 passenger 690.00
Studebaker E-M-F "30," new 1,100.00
Studebaker, Flanders "20," new 800.00
Ford T Touring, used 1 year 450.00
Runabout Auto, used, no year 95.00
Ginger ale or Sarsaparilla .07 1/2 per bottle
Men's blue or brown serge suits 1.98-5.98
Men's hats 1.95
Men's shirts .95
Men's trousers 1.45-2.95/pair
Women's dresses 12.50-25.00
Women's serge dress 4.98
Women's spring coat 4.98-9.98
Children's dresses .50-2.95
Children's shoes .85-3.00/pair
Shoes, custom made 5.00/pair
Carriage painters 3.25/day
Strong boy to help after school 1.50/day
Asparagus, Del Monte .19/can
Beans, white wax .25/3 cans
Cheese, cream .20/lb
Cookies, Nabisco's Zuzus .04/pkg
Crackers, Nabisco's Uneeda .04/pkg
Fish, Red Alaska Salmon .15/can
Flour, wheat .23/6 lbs
Ham, sugar cured .15/lb
Jell-O .25/3 packages
Onions, Bermuda .55/6 quart basket
Oranges, navel .25/6 oranges
Potatoes .59/16 quart basket
Rice .27/5 lbs
Soup, Campbell's 1.00/13 cans
Sugar, granulated .37/7 lbs
Bed, brass reg. 18.00, sale 9.95
Dining room set, 8 pieces 39.50
Parlor furniture, 3 piece 23.95
Porch rocker .98-3.50
Lawn mowers 1.98-4.50
Rose bush, .09/each
Dinnerware set, 100 pieces 6.45
Folding go-cart [baby stroller] 2.95
Laundry soap .25/10 cakes
Haviland china, 100 piece set 46.45
Rug, rag, 9'X12' 10.00
Refrigerator [ice box], McKee 7.95
Sheets, Utica .98-4.50/each
Vacuum hand cleaner, Regina 12.00
Medicine & health care
Blaud's Iron Pills, 100 count, .08/bottle
Daily Record .01/weekday paper
Classified advertising .01/word
Hair dye, Hay's Hair Health 1.00/bottle
Pacific toilet paper .25/7 rolls
Razor strops .50-3.00/each
Tooth powder .15/can
Dry cleaning, men's suit 1.25/each
Shoe shine .05/shine
House, 8 rooms, Morristown, 4,000.00
House, 10 rooms, Morristown, 3,000.00
House, 7 rooms, Morrisown, 1,800.00
House, 6 rooms on trolley line 2,800.00
House for rent, 8 rooms 33.33/month
Apartment for rent, 6 rooms 20.00/month
Farm, 8 acres with 9 room house 4,000.00
Recreation & amusements
Bird cages 3.50-7.00/each
Greeting cards, hand painted .10-.15/each
Niagara Falls excursion, train, 7 days 10.00
Piano, upright 450.00
Sheet music .07/copy
Pictures - Sports
It's an Olympic year!
The British women's swim team dare anyone to beat them.
Pictures - Magazine Covers
I love the magazine art of this period.
A propeller driven sled? Sure, why not! How else will they travel in 2012?
Pictures - Movies
This is a year where movies were really beginning to be more like movies as we know them, especially in their influence on pop culture. Both Gish sisters made their debut this year, by the way.
Sarah Bernhardt, captured on film.
Lillian Gish deals with gangsters in the slums in "The Musketeers of Pig Alley."
Pictures - Fashion
You can find a lot of great information about fashion during this year from people who know much more about it than me. This site has a fantastic breakdown of what was in fashion in 1912, courtesy of Vogue. Here is a great article from the period about Lucile Duff-Gordon, a British fashion designer. The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic has sparked an interest in fashion from that year; if you're a sewer, you can find out where to get 1912 periods here. As for general trends, even I, fashion-impaired as I am, can tell you to look out for suit-like dresses, draping, feathers as accessories, and oddly, as silhouettes become narrower, gigantosaurus sized hats.
Now here are some pictures.
Women in Lucile Duff-Gordon tea gowns. I never wear a gown for tea, alas.
Hats bigger than umbrellas.
Everyone is very interested in practical--and beautiful--clothes this year.
On the right, is that a coat? Or a dress? A coat like dress?
And of course, the men.