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1917: Attorney Anna Moscowitz

From a 1917 issue of The American Magazine:


A Woman Lawyer Who Has Made Good

The winter sun was creeping over the housetops as the steamer bearing a group of emigrants from Europe passed slowly through New York Harbor. One family in particular, the Moscowitz group, stared with frightened and bewildered eyes at this new and strange land they were about to enter. Cakes of ice beat against the side of the steamer, grinding and crashing and making fearful noises. The sight of those buildings so near to them, the large mass of roofs, was terrifying. In Russia, one could see for miles around. Here everything was shut off.

Suddenly, Anna Moscowitz, a baby of two years, opened her eyes, and looking at the new country from her mother’s arms crowed delightedly and stretched out her arms as if to gather it in. And she has fulfilled the unconscious prediction she made that winter day.

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1917: Writer Orison Swett Marden

From a 1917 issue of The American Magazine, an ad for a book by Orison Swett Marden (2x enlargement):


Wikipedia: Orison Swett Marden

And the link at Google Books for a free copy of that book: Everybody Ahead (choose PDF).

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1917: Hotelier E.M. Statler


From a 1917 issue of The American Magazine:

A Great Salesman of Service

The romantic story of a wonderful hotel man — together with some of the wisdom he has picked up in his study of human nature

by Merle Crowell

Detroit was celebrating the formal opening of its new four-million-dollar hotel. At the east end of the grand ballroom a group of guests had gathered about one man. Clad in a plain business suit, he looked strangely out of place in that crowd of gayly gowned women and white-fronted men.

Suddenly he broke off in the middle of a sentence, dodged past a squad of dancers chatting on the side lines and knelt before a splash of candle grease on the floor. When he had scraped the spot clean he stepped quietly back.

“Some lady might have slipped on it,” he said, as he resumed the interrupted conversation.

A half-dozen couples had stopped to stare. “Who was that?” a flushed debutante asked her partner.

“Who?” he echoed. “That was Statler himself.”

“How odd! Why didn’t he send for a boy?’

“Wait for a boy?” the man returned. “My dear, you don’t know Statler.”

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1917: Aviatrix Katherine Stinson

From a 1917 issue of The American Magazine:


A Woman Who Teaches Men How to Fly

When the science of aviation began to make people sit up and take notice, the anti-suffragists rubbed their hands in glee.

“Here is one thing that women cannot do,” they said; “women are too temperamental, too erratic, for aviation.”

But their glee soon vanished. More than one hundred of the aviators flying for England were taught and trained in the United States at the “Stinson School of Flying” at San Antonio, Texas. And the “Stinson School of Flying” is a girl! And the girl is one of the most remarkable aviators in the world! And she is only twenty years old!

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