One of the site readers posted a comment about having to wait for days to get responses to letters and how communication has changed so much. It leads you to imagine other changes that have taken effect and how life in general has changed since Fred and Florence met in October of 1922.
Another reader sent me some interesting bits on life in 1922 that I thought I would pass along:
The population of the US, according to the 1920 U.S. Census, was 105,710,620. Texas boasted a population of 4,663,226 of which 138,276 of them lived in the 38.7 square miles that Houston occupied.
In world news, Benito Mussolini becomes the youngest Premier in Italy’s history. On November 4, Howard Carter and his team find the entrance to King Tut‘s tomb and become the first people to enter the tomb in 3000 years later that month. December marked the formation of the USSR.
Stateside, the Teapot Dome Scandal investigation begins, the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington D.C. and Rebecca Felton is sworn in as the first female United States Senator. Walt Disney incorporates his first film company, Laugh-O-Gram films and Babe Ruth was suspended for a day and fined $200 for throwing dirt at an umpire.
And back in Houston, Texas, the Houston Zoo was founded in Hermann Park, the Independent Insurance Agent Open (now the Shell Houston Open) began and the first motorized fire-fighting equipment was purchased for the city of Houston.