A Trip in my Time Machine: Here we come, 1921!

Remember these from my Bonus Room posting a few days ago? They are bound copies of old newspapers from the Macon Telegraph and News, the local newspaper in Macon, Georgia.

My sister, Glenda, saved them from being destroyed when they were being discarded. I turned them into an end table for the bonus room. πŸ™‚

Thought I’d share some of the advertisements and articles that were published in some of the Jan-March 1921 issues of the Macon paper. Some of the articles refer to events or stores in Macon, Georgia, where the Macon Telegraph and News is published. Other articles are about national events.

Hope you enjoy this little trip in my time machine! Buckle your seat belts because we are going way back to a time when chicken pox and typhoid fever were still a threat…and WWI was still a very fresh memory!

From the “Society” page…the caption beneath the pic reads: “Miss Margaret Brown, lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pitt M. Brown. Miss Brown is one of the most attractive members of the younger set.”

Scary times…

Note the last line of this article…


The way weddings were announced…

Times have changed…

Ummmm, reminds me of recent problems with goods coming into our country…like dog food…

Playing at the local theater…

My alma mater…thank goodness I didn’t have to worry about quarantines!

Dentistry pricing in 1921…the examination is free and you can get a gold crown for $3.00!

Love the wording in this ad for margarine…

I thought Coke was a beverage created here in Georgia. Look at the phone number!

Prices in the local drug store…

Hats were an important staple in a woman’s wardrobe…

Advertisement for a new store just opening up in town…check out the cars in 1921…

More prohibition…


Prices at the local A & P grocery store…

Again, scary times…

The newly elected President was Warren G. Harding…pic of his wife shown below…

March 8th, 1921…

Men’s clothing prices…

More dentistry…

More grocery pricing in 1921…

Sign me up!


Women’s clothing prices…

My feet hurt just looking at these pics…
Glad we don’t see these kinds of ads anymore!

I don’t even know what piles are…not sure I want to know either! (LOL)

We obsessed over our skin even back then…

Some things never change…
Ok, close your eyes and click those glittery red heels together and repeat after me: “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home!” πŸ™‚

Check out Donna’s book from October-December 1931 in this post: It’s Historic-The State, 1931  It’s a fascinating read, also!

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  1. RetiredAtLast says

    I 100% agree. There is no place like home. Even with today’s prices, I am glad I am living now rather than 1921.
    We have so much to be thankful for. Many, if not most, of the diseases that afflicted the people in that era have been conquered. People live longer and are healthier than they would have been then.
    Food, while pricey, is readily available, even out of season.
    I really didn’t like my Grandmother’s outhouse or chamber pot that much. And drawing water from the well, made you be “green”, as far as wastefulness was concerned, long before it became popular to be that way.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this post. It gave me a lot to think about and be grateful for.

  2. That was a great post. I loved those books when you showed them. 1921, my mom was one years old!

  3. this was very neat to see! thanks girl for taking the time to save those books and to show us some of the stuff they hold!

  4. Good Morning, Susan,
    I am up early this morning and was delighted to find this really cute posting. I enjoyed every bit of it…and piles? another name for hemorrhoids !! lol
    Thanks for this fabulous trip back in time…and I love the way you made a table with these interesting books of newspapers.
    love, bj

  5. Susan,
    This was SO interesting!! What a walk down Memory Lane! We’ve come a long way when bicycles for girls was an “afterthought”! LOL
    How great was your sister to snatch these up?! πŸ™‚ I could read these for hours on end!
    GREAT post!! T~

  6. Thanks Susan for starting my day off with some giggles…the old blacksmith cured of piles was so funny…Loved those grocery prices!
    This was FUN… I saw a weekly check stub of my dad’s from back in the early 40s and it was $17.50 take home…It took care of our family just fine! πŸ˜‰ Bo

  7. Very cool side table indeed! What a great way to recycle! By the way, I’ll be posting what I got at the classy flea last Saturday…took my friend that was visiting from Maryland… she tried cramming it all in her suitcase, said she will rent a U-haul next time ! We had the best time… the ladies at the cash register asked my friend what brought her all the way from Maryland to visit their store… she said that she had seen it on your blog !!!! They all were like, OMG…. Susan is amazing..how does she do it and still work full time?!…
    See ya girl!
    Be Good,

  8. I really liked those old newspapers. Such a novel way in transforming them into a table yet still being able to read the articles.
    BJ beat me in answering that piles were another word for hemorrhoids lol.
    Fantastic post!

  9. Susan, how many people can say that their table is interesting reading? Have you ever had these appraised? I’m betting that is one valuable table you have. What fasinating reading this was. Amazing how that political cartoon was so relevant to our times! I wonder if centuries from now, people will be laughing over our comments on computers. Laurie (bargainhunr)

  10. Great post. I think piles are hemerroids. Anyway, it was nice to take a trip back in time. Karen

  11. Loved the post today…I could look at those books for hours…and I loved the way you made a table out of it! Awesome!…and by the way I have been to Mercer!…Beautiful campus, (my niece from Wisconsin attended Mercer and made many wonderful friends in Georgia). Thanks for the great post.

  12. That was a fun look back in time. Thanks for sharing that. Also I wanted to mention that I love your new picture in your header. So charming!

  13. I love old newspaper articles. My family was a saver of anything paper, so I have spent many hours of perusing articles. Yours were especially fun!! Sally

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  15. decorator101 says

    What an incredible gift Glenda gave you when you received these books…Sure glad there are women police officers..if not..my daughter would be without a job.. dh enjoyed the prices of the cars.. Piles..ummm don’t think I want to google that… Ok.. No fair.. Santamaker shopped at the Classy Flea as well.. oh man.. sure hope you all didn’t snatch up all the goodies…. Thanks for sharing this truly remarkable look inside these wonderful books… even though things are tough now.. I would say they are alot easier in comparison than they were back then..hugs ~lynne~

  16. Oh Susan, What a great post today girl!! you know how I love history and this was so great that you have not only a piece of history but a great side table of it…I could spend days looking at these journal which I am sure you have..and those prices on clothes girl I could take $10.00 and do my fall shopping haha!! …those papers I shown you girl…I have read them from cover to cover..But these papers were printed a year before my Mama was born..How special that Glenda gave these to you…now did Glenda save any for herself and if she did what did she do with them??
    And girl the income should say 1 Trillon now!! YIKES ..thanks so much for sharing…hugs and smiles Gloria

  17. What a great trip back before my time! I can remember finding a trunk full of papers and receipts up in the attic of our first home (from when the owner and her husband were first married in the early 20s.) She didn’t want anything back, so I threw them, but not before getting a peek at what life cost back then. Those books you are using for the end table (love that) have to worth a small fortune to collectors. Have a wonderful day Susan. Jan

  18. Wow. Those are amazing. How neat to have those to look back on. I would get caught up looking at those books for hours! How times have changed.

  19. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    WOW, SUSAN!!! I've G-O-T to take the time to come here more OFTEN, sweet one! FAB what you did w/ the newspapers ~ just WONDERFUL!!! I'd buy those in a heartbeat if I ever saw them for sale! AND, I jaunted off to the right/side-bar to peruse your oh-so-warm & charming "library"…had FUN seeing several books I have myself, & those by my friend Mary Carol Garrity in KS (and she's a REAL SWEETHEART!), staffordshire dogs, Imari, the I-LOVE-IT-SO-MUCH dog lamp (!), the painting above the sofa, the Kaiser Mom & Child figurines from Germany ~~ all of it showing "the real Susan" and your very personal style, interests & loves! THANK YOU! BTW, watched Cold Case Files last night and THAT was on the Women's Sufferage Movement ~~~ went well with much of what we saw/read here! Appreciate alllll the time it took to so interestingly write it all down for us to enjoy! TNX AGAIN! Lots of smiles & hugs, Linda

  20. jerseygirl211 says


    I’ll have to come back and read today’s post later.

    I came here to tell you about the two tea servings that were just listed on RMS. I think you’d like to see them.

    I also posted a wreath I made to wish everyone a HAPPY FALL. Hope you’ll like it. I also put it on my blog.


  21. Gloria, I only have 2 left. One includes the month an year I was born and the other is from 1920. The remainder were all given away over the years to friends and colleagues or have been spoken for. I am not as creative as Susan, so I never did anything with them but read them.
    When storage became an issue (they are quite large and also heavy), I started to give them to my current (at that time) co-workers, and friends that expressed a desire for one. Even my husband’s boss received one as a surprise one year, for no particular reason except I thought he would enjoy it. He did. They are fascinating time capsules.
    They all have good homes now, with people that appreciate them. That pleases me no end.

  22. When you posted your pictures of the bonus room, I thought then, how I would love to look through those books. Thanks so much for sharing. My mother passed away in March and I’ve been going through some of her boxes and have come across some interesting papers from the 40’s. What a different time! Sure wish I could get my hands on some newspaper books like those!

  23. Susan, this was so cool. Thanks for taking the time to share all of these with us.

  24. sarah @ a beach cottage says

    what a wonderful gift to receive and a great way you’ve used it as a side table

    I really enjoyed reading through the paper snippets, can you believe what life was like??

    I must say it’s good to be in this century!!

    yet another great post, love coming here…


  25. Douce France..... says

    This is so interesting! My father was born 1921. I really like the ad about ‘ denture’!! You have a treasure in your home! Enjoy,


  26. nikkicrumpet says

    The articles are really cool…but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more wonderful end table! what a brilliant creation!

  27. When I helped my husband put the floor in the attic of an old Victorian in Denver, we found lots of old papers and grocery ads, etc. The papers were mostly around the 1930s and early 40s….the run up to WWII…and seeing the pic of the Potsdam Conference. From a historical perspective it was astounding…

  28. Life on Bonnie Lane says

    These are really fun! It’s so interesting to see things from time past like this. Everything seems so cheap, but then paychecks were so much less too at that time.

    I don’t think I would have wanted my pic in the paper announcing that I had once had the “piles.” Hemorrhoids are just not something I would want to advertise! lol


  29. Are you kidding?! PLEASE make sure these papers have been scanned for all the world to see by genealogybank.com, ancestry.com or the Library of congress’ project called Chronicaling America. Family history researchers are always looking for some bit of information about their families and this would be such a great find if it hasn’t been done already. Maybe your local library? I am always checking these sites to see if there is anything new to find for my family you see. YOU have a great piece of history…awesome!

  30. Thank you for sending the link to this post. I have added it to my post for readers to further explore the bound newspapers.

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