Obviously the writing of a history so soon after the event has involved breaking much new ground.
Whatever the make of the car, it stands higher than the cars of the nineteen-thirties; the passengers look down upon their surroundings from an imposing altitude. Smith's automobile is open (only 10.3 per cent of the cars manufactured in 1919 were closed). Closed cars are still associated in the public mind with wealth; the hated profiteer of the newspaper cartoon rides in a limousine. Smith's car is one of the high, hideous, but efficient model T Fords of the day, let us watch him for a minute.
He climbs in by the right-hand door (for there is no left-hand door by the front seat), reaches over to the wheel, and sets the spark and throttle levers in a position like that of the hands of a clock at ten minutes to three.
Smith that Rickard has selected Toledo as the scene of a forthcoming encounter between the heavyweight champion, Jess Willard, and another future idol of the mob, Jack Dempsey.
(They met, you may recall, on the Fourth of July, 1919, and sober citizens were horrified to read that 19,650 people were so depraved as to sit in a broiling sun to watch Dempsey knock out the six-foot-six-inch champion in the third round.
This e Book is made available at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. (I select that particular date, six months after the Armistice of 1918, because by then the United States had largely succeeded in turning from the ways of war to those of peace, yet the profound alterations wrought by the Post-war Decade had hardly begun to take place.) There is no better way of suggesting what the passage of a few years has done to change you and me and the environment in which we live. Smith as he comes to the breakfast table on this May morning in 1919, you would hardly know that you are not in the nineteen-thirties (though you might, perhaps, be struck by the narrowness of his trousers). She wears low shoes now, for spring has come; but all last winter she protected her ankles either with spats or with high laced "walking-boots," or with high patent-leather shoes with contrasting buckskin tops.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg of Australia License which may be viewed online at contact Project Gutenberg of Australia go to PREFACE I. Her stockings are black (or tan, perhaps, if she wears tan shoes); the idea of flesh-colored stockings would appall her. Smith was surrounding herself with an "envelope chemise" and a petticoat; and from the thick ruffles on her undergarments it was apparent that she was not disposed to make herself more boyish in form than ample nature intended. Smith may use powder, but she probably draws the line at paint.
How would the sober citizens have felt if they had known that eight years later a Dempsey-Tunney fight would bring in more than five times as much money in gate receipts as this battle of Toledo?
) In the sporting pages there may be news of Bobby Jones, the seventeen-year-old Southern golf champion, or of William T.
(In April, 1919, Ruth made one home run; in May, two; but the season was much further advanced before sporting writers began to notice that he was running up a new record for swatting--twenty-nine home runs for the year; the season had closed before the New York Yankees, seeing gold in the hills, bought him for 5,000; and the summer of 1920 had arrived before a man died of excitement when he saw Ruth smash a ball into the bleachers, and it became clear that the mob had found a new idol.
In 1919, the veteran Ty Cobb, not Ruth, led the American League in batting.) The sporting pages inform Mr.
Project Gutenberg of Australia e Books are created from printed editions which are in the public domain in Australia, unless a copyright notice is included. In an effort to eliminate footnotes and at the same time to express my numerous obligations. since 1919 the circumstances of American life have been transformed--yes, but exactly how? She comes to breakfast in a suit, the skirt of which--rather tight at the ankles--hangs just six inches from the ground.