Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's eve 1934, after repeal of prohibition, and the first football games of the season for Xavier University and University of Cincinnati

Margaret Dunlop wrote (click here to read the article) about the opening of football season at XU and UC in 1934. She attended the UC Bearcats game against Rio Grande and wrote, "Why, with all the good 5 cent cigars there are in the market, does the man next to you at a football game prefer one made of a pencil shaving filler with a shoe leather wrapper?" Margaret wasn't much of a sports fan, but she always found a charming way to write about an event. "Don't ask where the fascination with football lies. Anyone must admit that part of the fun in watching the game is the idea of the thing-- like being a debutante, or a screen star, or having a million dollars." So, she wasn't exactly a sportswriter, but she included an interesting history of the late 19th century UC Bearcats, when Albert H. Morrill was the captain (he also ran for Vice Mayor of Cincy in 1911), and the Bearcats beat Ohio State 34 to 0.

The other article on this page is about the first New Year's Eve party in Cincinnati post the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Margaret attended a party at the Cincinnati Country Club, and it was much more subdued than one would have expected. Everyone sang songs and wore paper hats, but no one blew any whistles or noisemakers at midnight as they had in past years. One song she missed was the old favorite, Sweet Adeline. (MP3 embedded above) Also absent that year were the ping pong tables in the taproom. She wrote, "We missed the tables this year. The little elusive white ball that bounces so gayly under tables and chairs, keeping the players forever on their hands and knees, has an endless fascination." The repeal also changed Cincinnati society's attitude towards alcohol. Margaret wrote, "Between songs in the taproom, conversation turned to the proper way of serving wine and other beverages. Repeal has brought about a certain delicacy of feeling that has made the thought of bathtub gin and straight alcohol a thing to be abhorred."

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