Thursday, March 20, 2014

Times Change

For some of the work I have been doing with the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board, I have recently I have spent a fair amount of time with my nose in issues of historic Colorado newspapers. We do landmark nominations and I sometimes need to look in the old papers to straighten out footnotes and references.

I have been finding it fascinating, and it continually reinforces that old saying that the past is a different country. If you'd like to do some browsing yourself, look at this wonderful website. Sometimes, I find myself pulled along just looking at the advertisements.

Other times, I just shake my head. The other day I was looking in the February 7, 1913 issue of the Record Journal of Douglas County. In a column entitled "State News" that reported on the doings of the Colorado state legislature I ran across this:

"By a vote of 16 to 16 the Senate defeated on second reading a bill designed to prevent discrimination against soldiers and sailors in uniform at restaurants, theaters and other places of amusement."

1 comment:

Guy Boyd said...

Cool site-- thanks for sharing.