Tag: 1920’s

The Ghost Girls

From its discovery in 1898, radium was considered a wonder of science.  It glowed with an unearthly beauty.  It delighted its discoverers, Marie Sklodowska Curie and her husband Pierre, who called it “My beautiful radium”.  It was used in spas and clinics as a cure for everything from cancer to constipation.   It was used in […]

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The Straw Hat Riots of 1922

People take their clothes very seriously.  Ask any teenager trying to decide what to wear in the morning.  We devote magazines to what to wear and more importantly what not wear.  We make jokes about the fashion police.  However, those involved in the Straw Hat Riots of 1922 took it to extremes. There was a […]

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Edith Wilson and the Secret Presidency

Woodrow Wilson was tired.   He had been negotiating the Treaty of Versailles, planning for the League of Nations, campaigning for the US inclusion into said League of Nations and planned a speaking tour of the United States in support of this effort.  He had suffered from a terrible bout with influenza in April 1919, and […]

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Osage Reign of Terror

The early 1920’s looked like a good time for the Osage tribe.  They were in the midst of an oil boom as large deposits of oil were found on tribal land in north central Oklahoma.  Many members of the Osage tribe were becoming wealthy.  Unlike other Native Americans, the Osage had deeds to their land, […]

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The Teapot Dome Scandal

In geological terms, a dome is a formation that traps oil underground between layers of rock, with the upper layer bent upward to form a dome.  Teapot Dome is a dome north of Casper, Wyoming, which was named for a rock formation that looked like a teapot- complete with a spout and a handle.  This […]

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