Saturday, September 22, 2007
Happy Birthday to my sweetie
Today is my husband Niks’ 79th birthday.
In 1928 the total U.S. population was 120,509,000. It’s now 301,139,947. That Niks. (But he claims it’s not his fault.)
The first Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t held until May 1929. Niks is older than the Oscars! The first best actor recipient was Emil Jannings, and it wasn’t just for one movie. They did things differently then. A popular movie was Wings. Never heard of it. Clara Bow and Gary Cooper were in it. Niks says he liked Tom Mix movies. He would.
Some things that happened in 1928:
Alexander Fleming discovers Penicillin.
Mickey Mouse appears in Steamboat Willie, the first sound cartoon. The first talkie had happened in 1927.
Eliot Ness begins to lead the prohibition unit in Chicago.
The first US air-conditioned office building opens in San Antonio.
Herbert Hoover (R) is elected president.
Mae West's NYC debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil" That Mae. So daring.
Scotch tape is first marketed by 3-M Company.
Al Jolson’s Sonny Boy is the number one song for 12 weeks. Oh yuck!
You could buy a house with all the extras like gas, electric and water for under $5,000.
A loaf of bread cost about 9 cents, a gallon of milk 56 cents, a dozen eggs was 46 cents, and ice was sold in blocks rather than bags.
A textile mill worker made $13.00 a week, a waitress in a tourist resort made $4 per week. Typical house rent was $12 per month. Postage stamps were a penny. You could buy a Ford for $290 and get 5 gallons of gasoline for a buck. And you called it gasoline, not gas.
It was the jazz age and folks danced the Charleston. The Star Spangled Banner didn’t become the national anthem until 1931. So, Niks is older than even than that!
Sliced bread was born in Chillicothe, Missouri, on July 7, 1928.
The Lincoln Highway was the first road across America and wasn’t completely paved until the 1930s.
A newspaper ad looked like this:
Here's a Sears Roebuck catalog entry from 1928:
Boy! Niks is older’n dirt! I have no idea what dirt used to cost. But I bet it was less than now.
He denies all knowledge of those bloomers too. That guy.