Mount Vernon Print has been in business for 100 years (can you believe it?!) and we’re proud of the work we do, as well as the level of print expertise we have in our plant. Mount Vernon employs five “press masters” who have 150 years of service between them! Not many print plants can say that. We also owe a big thanks to our loyal customers who have supported us through the years through a challenging and always changing industry.
And speaking of 100 years, boy has a lot changed since then! Since most of you reading this blog weren’t around a century ago, here’s a little snapshot into what life was like.
Our president was Woodrow Wilson, who was known for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, among other great achievements. Back then, most politicians campaigned by train, making frequent stops and speeches in small towns. Direct mail wasn’t as popular as it is now, but it did exist. I found these 1916 campaign gems printed for the Wilson v. Hughes Presidential race.
Other interesting tidbits:
- Average Americans living in big cities commuted by walking or taking the trolley (or “dodging” them). The Brooklyn Grays baseball team was nicknamed the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers in honor of the dedicated fans who had to avoid speeding trolley cars to see them play.
- Horses were the main mode of transportation for most people.
- Orchestras and quartets created the music of the day and most Americans spent Friday nights dancing to a piano for entertainment or listening to a phonograph.
- The typical American spent one-third of his income on food, which is twice today’s share.
- Lunch at the office provided a logistical challenge, as there was no such thing as a plastic bag to keep a sandwich fresh. Instead, sandwiches were kept moist by wrapping them in a dry towel, covered with a towel wrung out of hot water.
- The average American ate almost equivalent amounts of lard (11.5 pounds) and chicken (14 pounds) per year. Today we each eat more than 57 pounds of chicken annually!
- Over a 100 million people lived in the United States, and more than half were under 25 (That would now be a Millennial marketing gold mine.)
- Clothing took up about 13 percent of one’s income.
- The average dwelling housed more than four people, especially on a farm in rural areas.
Thankfully today, with the invention of the plastic bag, we can take fresh chicken sandwiches to work. Not to mention, watch a baseball game without having to dodge trolley cars! Campaigning has also become more strategic, and we have you covered with our extensive resources. Contact us to find out about our turnkey advocacy and political direct mail campaigns that can be easily delivered across the U.S – without having to jump on a train.
Please join me over the next few weeks, as I profile some really stellar employees at MVP.