Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year’s Eve 1918

New Year’s Eve in 1916 and 1917: pretty quiet in New York City. I would have imagined that the first New Year’s Eve to follow the end of the Great War was noisy. No:

[“Just Enough Noise to Wake Baby Year: Outdoor Celebration Pales by Comparison with Times Sq. on Armistice Night.” The New York Times, January 1, 1919.]

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Fresca said...

Interesting. Maybe everyone had the flu...? Or were afraid of catching it in a crowd?

Michael Leddy said...

I wish I’d thought of that. But no one seems to think of the influenza epidemic as a reason. And there were big celebrations for Armistice Day. Maybe people just wanted to cocoon after that?