Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Were They Optimistic as They Rang in the New Year 100 Years Ago?

In an editorial cartoon appearing in the Washington Herald depicted the start of a new year with great optimism, displaying a Wright Brothers airplane labeled "1909" on the crown and "Hopes," "Successes," "Happiness," and "Peace" across the wings.

On the ground, a bearded old man wielding Time's scythe labeled "Disaster" and "Ruin" retreats into the distance in a open automobile labeled "1908." View the original image and read more about it at the Library of Congress' Chronicling America website.

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