The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Early Columns Reveal Social Activities


The Silversteen's dining room.

Browsing through the "Personal Mention" column of early newspapers readers learn about the social lives of local residents. Visits by out-of-town guests, business trips, trips to see friends and relatives elsewhere, dinner parties and other entertainments were all regularly included.

Throughout the early and mid-1900s prominent families, like Joseph and Elizabeth Silversteen often hosted dinner parties, dances, bridge parties and croquet, tennis and horseshoe matches on the lawn.

Elizabeth Silversteen's "Kitchen Diary" reflects daily menus and occasionally names of dinner guests. Dinner...

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