Saturday, May 22, 2010


It's Saturday night, time for Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy 
Fun over at his Genea-Musings blog. Here's tonight's challenge:

"1) Go to the dMarie Time Capsule Website -

2) Select a date in your family history that you want to know about. 
You might pick a birth date or wedding date of your parents or 

3) Enter the date into the search form, and select the news, songs, toys, 
books and other things that you want to feature.

4) Share the date, why you picked it, and the results of your Time 
Capsule study on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a 
comment or post on Facebook."

After thinking a bit I decided on 19Oct 1924, the wedding date of my
Mom's parents, Edward F. White Sr. and Agnes Dorothy McFarland.
I chose that because 1924 was also the year my Dad was born(17Jul).

Out of curiosity I searched for online performances of the top songs of
1924 and found them for all save one. Click on the links to check them
out, including Jeanette MacDonald singing "Indian Lovecall" to Nelson
Eddy as he leads away his prisoner, a very young Jimmy Stewart. There's
also a performance of "June Night" by Buster Keaton of all people,
accompanying himself on ukuele!

I also found a Tootsietoys collectors website with pictures of the models
popular in the 1920's and 1930's!

So, here's what I found:

Headlines for that week:
Oct 19 - General Christian Worker's union demands 8 hr work day in Belgium
Oct 20 - 1st Negro League World Series: KC Monarchs shuts out Hilldales, 5-0
Oct 21 - KLM Fokker's F7 H-NACC departs to Dutch East Indies
Oct 23 - W Baade discovers asteroid #1036 Ganymed
Oct 24 - Christian Gen Feng Joe Siang occupies Beijing
Oct 24 - Nobel prize for fysiologie/medicine awarded to W Einthoven

Top Sings of 1924:
Serenade by Dorothy Donnelly Indian Love Call by Otto Harbach
O, Katherina! by L. Wolfe Gilbert The Prisoner's Song by Gus Massey
All Alone by Irving Berlin Jealous by Tommie Malie
June Night by Cliff Friend Spain by Gus Kahn

Prices in 1924:
Bread: $0.09/loaf
Milk: $0.53/gal
Eggs: $0.43/doz
Car: $265
Gas: $0.21/gal
House: $7,720
Stamp: $0.02/ea
Avg Income: $1,244/yr
DOW Avg: 121

Calvin Coolidge was the President of the United States but there was no

Tootsietoys were the hot new toys.

And the top books in 1924 were:
The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

This was a lot of fun. Thanks, Randy!

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