Friday 21st Audrea did not go to school this a.m. was a wreck stayed in bed untill just time to get ready for school this p.m. Edith and I are wrecked, so lame + tired. Clarence came home with a puncture – picked up a tack somewhere was cross + growly has been known to be in that condition before. They left for Salem at five minutes of five. Salem “The City of Peace” how long will it deserve its name after he gets into it. Here’s hoping. Has rained all day dark + gloomy.
Notes + Explanations:
Well. Clarence sounds like a delight. Of course, there’s also the possibility that his “cross + growly” disposition could also be a side effect of having to live with his mother-in-law. Who knows!
So, in case you were wondering, Salem is called the “City of Peace” for the following reason:
Salem, located at the mouth of the Naumkeag river at the site of an ancient Native American village and trading center, was first settled by Europeans in 1626, when a company of fishermen from Cape Ann led by Roger Conant arrived. Conant’s leadership had provided the stability to survive the first two years, but he was immediately replaced by John Endecott, one of the new arrivals, by order of the Massachusetts Bay Company. Conant graciously stepped aside and was granted 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land in compensation. These “New Planters” and the “Old Planters” agreed to cooperate, in large part due to the diplomacy of Conant and Endicott. In recognition of this peaceful transition to the new government, the name of the settlement was changed to Salem, a hellenized form of the word for “peace” in Hebrew שלום (shalom), and the name mentioned several times in the Bible and traditionally associated with Jerusalem.
I’m curious about all these “tacks” that people used to pick up. Why are there so many tacks floating around the streets of 1927? Or does the word refer to anything sharp and pointy that can puncture the tire? The only place I remember using tacks in my lifetime was on the billboards at my elementary school. Were there a whole bunch of absent-minded teachers littering the streets with tacks on their way to work?
On this day – January 21st, 1927…
The Movietone sound system, developed by Fox Film Corporation (later 20th Century Fox) was first demonstrated to the public, at the Sam H. Harris Theatre in New York City. Shown by a movie projector equipped to play sound-on-film, the one-reel film preceded the feature presentation, What Price Glory?. Though not quite synchronized, the film included the sight and sound of popular singer Raquel Meller.
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