|"Sketches from Life" by Harry C. Temple in Cleveland Plain Dealer, summer, 1919|
|"When They Were Making Their Vacation Plans" by Wm. Morris for George Matthew Adams Service, summer, 1919|
|"The Summer Widowers' Party" by Sid Chapin in St. Louis Republic, summer, 1919|
|"When the Family's Away" by R.M. Brinkerhoff in New York Evening Mail, summer, 1919|
|"Tragedy of the Summer Widower" by Kenneth Chamberlain in Cincinnati Press, summer, 1919|
|"Portrait of the Man Who Told His Wife..." by Wm. C. Morris for George Matthew Adams Service, summer, 1919|
Not that it was unheard of. President Taft had proposed in 1910 that workers should have two to three months of vacation time every year, only to have the proposal go nowhere. Not until the Great Depression did employers start to see the value in letting their workers take some time off to recharge their batteries: first white-collar workers, then eventually blue-collar workers as well. Unions began to see vacation time as a valuable bargaining chip, and by 1943, 60% of American workers were entitled to paid vacation.
But unlike much of the rest of the world, the U.S. has no law guaranteeing paid vacation time for anyone but members of Congress and state legislatures.
|"A Midsummer Day's Dream" by H.H. Perry in Portland Oregonian, August, 1919|