The year 1914 might have been in another century for all the innocence of its people and their pursuits before the Great War engulfed the world. Sixty years ago this month the men and women on these pages—along with their triumphs and shenanigans—were pictured in the rotogravure section of the New York Times.
James Montgomery Flagg, soon to paint the famed Uncle Sam recruiting poster, frolicked with his club.
Toppered John D. Rockefeller was caught smiling at a fellow member of the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church congregation.
Yale wrestling champ, Stuart Phelps Dodge of the copper family, was a femme fatale in a university production.
Naturalist-poet John Burroughs called attention to America’s treasures.
Thomas A. Edison, “the Wizard of Menlo Park,” posed for his 67th birthday with boutonniere.
Distaff base runners, Hilda Holmes and Mrs. C.H. Jackson, were eye-catchers at a baseball game played between Henry Flagler’s Palm Beach hotels, the Breakers and Royal Poinciana.
Happy princeling with a fish pole, Albrecht Luitpold of Bavaria was then heir apparent. The end of the monarchy made him the Pretender.
The electric presence of Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar (upper center) illuminated the Metropolitan’s production of Gustave Charpentier’s forgettable opera Julien.
Time’s mute witness to many odd visitors and episodes, the Sphinx was the backdrop for the New York Giants and Chicago Cubs, whose barnstorming tour John McGraw called a “monument” to baseball.
The immortal John L. Sullivan was dubbed “Heavyweight Champion of Women’s Suffrage,” presumably for his temperance efforts.