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The Costliness of Mesopotamia (Literary Digest, 1922)

The attached article from LITERARY DIGEST will give you a clear understanding of all that Britain went through in order to govern Iraq in the early Twenties; Britain's treaties with the Turkish and Angoran Governments in regards to the oil-rich region of Mosul, the selection of an Arab King and the suppression of various Iraqi revolts.

"The Mesopotamian Adventure" required a tremendous amount of treasure and yielded very little excitement for either party:

"At the end of the war we found Iraq upon our hands, and our Government agreed to accept a mandate for the administration for this inhospitable territory."

Click here to see a Punch Magazine cartoon about the British adventure in Iraq.


The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

We were surprised to learn that even in this multicultural era of unenforced immigration laws - the last name Smith still stands as the most common surname in the United States - and as of 2021 there are 2,627,141 people with this last name living today. This article points out that there is always at any given time a Smith serving in Congress (currently that duty falls on the shoulders of Representative Chris Smith, who hails from the 4th District of New Jersey).


Miracle Hats (Popular Mechanics, July & November, 1914)

Often decanted in barber shops is the old joke:

"There is only one thing that stops hair from falling------the floor".

Our hats are off to the scientific-community of 1914 that tried to make the above gag even more forgettable than it already was, however, the search for the cure for baldness continues into the Twenty-First Century.


Scrambling for Oil (Literary Digest, 1921)

Even as early as 1921 the world was noticing that in the U.S., that old Yankee mantra about "avoiding foreign entanglements" (a distortion of Washington's Farewell Address) was being updated with a disclaimer: "avoid foreign entanglements except when oil is involved".

Having put the Prussians in their place three years earlier, oil had become the new peace-time obsession for the Americans and their British ally - but it was to be the bane in their relationship: "the Anglo-American irritant" as Sydney Brooks remarked in FORTNIGHT REVIEW. With car manufacturers filling orders to placate a booming consumer market, the Brits pumped oil in Mesopotamia, the Americans in Texas while the oil companies from both locals vied for the rights to explore Latin America and the Caribbean.


Red Saskatchewan (Pathfinder Magazine, 1946)

When the our neighbors to the North first dipped their toe into the tepid waters of socialism, they they chose to do so with car insurance:

"A law compelling automobile operators and public schools to buy insurance from a state-owned company."


1946 Broadway (Pic Magazine, 1946)


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