Friday 7th. A beautiful day but cold + windy. Audrea seems to have more cold. No check yet am so nervous I can scarcley keep about my work. Edith is cooking + cross as a bear. Audrea is living up to the rest of the family to the best of her ability expect the Baldwins for the eve. going to play whist – I wish they were I mean bridge a stupid evening for Audrea + myself but what can you expect when you are as old as I am.
Notes + Explanations:
There are several bits that I am having trouble deciphering; if you can read the handwriting, please let me know what you think it says. (Thanks to my super helpful commenters, all handwriting questions have been solved!)
Playing Bridge was a common way to pass the time with friends. Did you know that it became popular in the 1890s and originated from a game called Whist? Me neither. Huh. Well, there ya go. Learn something new every day.
On this day – January 7th, 1927…
At 8:44 am in New York City and 1:44 pm in London, the first transatlantic telephone call was made between the two cities. Walter S. Gifford of AT&T was connected with Sir G. Evelyn V. Murray of the General Post Office. A half minute later, the two were talking.
Philo T. Farnsworth, a 20 year old American inventor, filed his first of many patent applications, for a method of electronically scanning images and transmitting them as a television signal. U.S. Patent No. 1,773,980 was granted on August 26, 1930.
The Harlem Globetrotters played their very first game, against a local team in Hinckley, Illinois. Founded by Abe Saperstein, the all African-American team was originally called “Saperstein’s New York”, before assuming its current name in the 1930s.
(source – Wiki)
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