Remember When: 1929

Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 6:01 AM


• Goodyear Rubber Co. exhibited what was claimed to be the world’s largest tire in Sewickley’s business district this week, which “soon attracted a crowd on Beaver Street.” The tire measured 12 feet high by 4 feet wide and weighed 1,800 pounds (Herald reporters helpfully pointed out that the standard Ford tire weighed 15 pounds). If it were to be sold, the market price would be $5,000. The tire was exhibited on a truck specially designed to handle the weight. The gargantuan rubber creation had previously been shown in the Lights Golden Jubilee Parade in Pittsburgh the week before. Herald reporters noted that “a prominent airplane manufacturer predicted that some day huge passenger-carrying airplanes will require a tire of that size.” (In today’s world, the typical Boeing passenger aircraft tire is 27 inches in diameter and 7.75 inches wide.)

• In an editorial, Herald editors lobbied for designating Nov. 11, Armistice Day, as the date of Thanksgiving. “For most of us November Eleventh (sic) would be the date on which we are most inclined to turn our thoughts backward in reverence for God’s guidance of our destinies, and in deep thankfulness for whatever may have been the year’s share of prosperity and happiness,” they wrote. “Armistice Day, when we turn from our daily tasks to honor our service men and the other who helped to end the World War with the right triumphant — that would above all others be the best date for Thanksgiving Day.” The editors also pointed out that “harvesting time is something which varies from year to year and cannot be definitely fixed by the calendar for the whole country, and that to the part of us who are not directly in touch with farming the advancing of the date to November eleventh would not seem a violent change.”

• The Sewickley Printing-Shop touted a forthcoming volume by Franklin T. Nevin, a lawyer and local historian whose occasional reminiscences in the Herald were a popular feature. Titled “The Village of Sewickley,” Nevin’s book would include his personal recollections in addition to interviews with Capt. John C. Anderson and other locals of importance. “Sewickley would not be Sewickley without its history and traditions, its memories of beautiful family and neighborhood life on the broad, unfenced grounds of the old-time comfortable houses under the great trees or in the group of smaller homes surrounding the little shop-center.” The Sewickley Printing-Shop also published the Herald.