Weekly Wednesday

For my Weekly Wednesday posts, I’m going to share miscellaneous publications relating to my family, basically anything in print ranging from a specific person to place or thing. No rhyme or reason – just fun. Maybe serious. Maybe not. One of my favorite finds and also one I went a little crazy with as a beginner – as they all yet to be cited and stored correctly (bites bottom lip), are the old newspapers available through the Library of Congress. They just crack me up because they are like little gossip columns, it’s these little things I love finding, going past the names and numbers – the insight to their day-to-day lives.

 Walter A. and John A. Rittue

NEWSPAPER. Evening star. 1900 Nov 29 Page 5. Rittue, Walter & John

Evening star. (Washington, D.C.), 29 Nov. 1900. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

If only I could see pictures from this event! My great grandfather, Walter who was 21 at the time, and his brother, John, 29, in costume! Exactly what type of “refreshments” were there? This was quite some time before Prohibition started. Then the dancing until midnight in 1900? How scandalous.

One last note, because like a cat, curiosity always kills me – I had to check out the location of this shindig and it didn’t disappoint.




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