2003-08-08 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

An Old Song And An Old World Prediction
Historical Views of the Rockaways An Old Song And An Old World Prediction –

Historical Views
of the Rockaways


1909 And 1916

Back in 1916, Murray’s Dance Hall in Seaside featured DeWitt’s Band, which played all the popular tunes of the day. Postcards were sold at the well-attended dance pavilion at its location at Seaside Avenue (Beach 103 Street, right at the beach on the old Seaside Bowery/Ocean Avenue).

Some of these postals had pictures, while others advertised lyrics of the latest pages in the music world. Such a card appears in Historical Views today. Unfortunately, we only have the words…. but no music! Does any old-timer out there in Waveland remember this tune… copyrighted in 1916 by Leo Feist, Inc. of New York City?

Also in this column this week is an article from the pages of The Wave, printed in 1909. The title, in bold, was… "The United States in 2009." The sub-title was, in sub-bold was…. "Student’s idea on the changes that time and thought will bring about." These were followed by a question…. what will be the destiny of the United States? The article was as follows: "The answer to this can be supplied immediately by a comparison with the Roman Empire. The establishment of Constantinople as the capitol of the East, and the Eastern empires separation from Rome are paralleled in the story of the American Revolution.

We may look then for a progressive decline in the strength of England in inverse ratio to our own increasing power; Australia, already American in her political organization will gravitate, with Canada, into the Union.


Finally, the English-speaking people will be reunited under American auspices. That is as far as we can look legitimately.

America will be absorbed in the solution of her social problems. Democracy, which has never really existed will be coming into its own; and with it’s advent will disappear the comedy of representative government which, tried out through several centuries in the classical world, and found wanting, tried out through several centuries in the classical world, and found wanting, is destined to receive its coup de grace upon American soil.

The battle of socialism will be upon us, be solved, probably, af ter considerable bloodshed, by a sudden illumination of common sense. The loose, haphazard productive methods of today, and our costly and faulty manner of distribution, will have to be organized to prevent their complete breaking down.

The solution of this tremendous problem, which will be precipitated by the sudden failure of foreign markets when manufacturing and prohibitory tariffs are universal in all countries, will occupy our attention for at least a century to come. By the year 2009, therefore, no radical changes will have occurred upon the map of the new world. Henry Paradyne, in Harper’s Weekly."

End of article. This is quite a conversation piece!


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