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Elihu Root Profiled (Vanity Fair, 1915)

A photograph of Elihu Root (1845 1937) accompanies these two short paragraphs from the 1915 VANITY FAIR "Hall of Fame", in which Root was praised as "the ablest lawyer and diplomatic expert" in the nation at that time. He is remembered today as the one U.S. Secretary of War (1899 to 1904) who was most instrumental in modernizing the American military in such ways that allowed it to meet the demands that would be meted out during the course of the bloody Twentieth Century.

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Elihu Root on Teddy Roosevelt (The North American Review, 1919)

Eight months after the death of Theodore Roosevelt (1858 1919), the now defunct Rocky Mountain Club asked the former Secretary of State Elihu Root (1845 1937: Nobel Peace Prize 1912), to "say a few words" of remembrance regarding his old friend and colleague:

"No one ever misunderstood what Theodore Roosevelt said. No one ever doubted what Theodore Roosevelt meant. No one ever doubted that what he said he believed, he intended and he would do. He was a man not of sentiment or expression but of feeling and of action. His proposals were always tied to action."

The historian Henry Steele Commager ranked Theodore Roosevelt at number 17 insofar as his impact on the American mind was concerned - click here to understand his reasoning...


An Interview With P.G. Wodehouse (The American Legion Weekly, 1919)

At the time this magazine profile first appeared in 1919, P.G. Wodehouse (1904-1975) had recently resigned his post as the Drama Critic for VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE in order to pursue his ambition as a novelist and playwright. This article revealed to all Wodehouse's keen interest in American slang and the language of American comic strips.

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A Profile of H.L. Mencken (The English Review, 1922)

During much of the 20s and 30s satirist H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956) was widely read and respected for the critic that he was -and as you read this British essay from the arts journal, THE ENGLISH REVIEW, you'll get a sense that the author/groupie must have been waiting by the docks for several years in anticipation of his arrival.

The historian Henry Steele Commager ranked H.L. Mencken at number 9 insofar as his impact on the American mind was concerned - click here to understand his reasoning...

Click here to read an article about one of New York's greatest mayors: Fiorello LaGuardia.

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Teddy Roosevelt, R.I.P. (The Crises, 1919)

Written with a strong spirit of gratitude, this is the obituary of Teddy Roosevelt as it appeared in the N.A.A.C.P. magazine THE CRISES. Published at a time when the friends of the black man were few, this is a stirring tribute to a man who, although not always an ally, was respected as "the world's greatest protagonist of lofty ideals and principles".

Click here to read a 1945 article about the funeral of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, TR's nephew.

Click here to read an article about one of New York's greatest mayors: Fiorello LaGuardia.


A Profile of Cartoonist Rube Goldberg, Cartoonist and Quack-Inventor (Vanity Fair, 1914)

In the attached 1914 magazine profile, Joseph Edgar Chamberlin (1851 - 1935) asked, "Who is Goldberg?" and then jumped right in and proceeded to answer that question. However, the reader should understand that in 1914 it simply did not take very long to give the answer. With so much good work yet to come, this article outlined the cartoonist's earliest employment record while making clear that he was already well known for his invention gags, which had already appeared in many papers across the United States.

If you would like to read a 1930 article written by Rube Goldberg click here.

Click here to see an anti-New Deal cartoon that Goldberg drew in 1939.


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