We Need Daylight Savings … and More Cigars!

We haven’t always had daylight savings … back in 1918, there was debate on Capitol Hill about time zones and daylight savings. Interestingly enough, we did not have standardized time zones until the passage of the Standard Time Act in 1918.

Congress passes daylight savings bill
Congress passes daylight savings bill

Below is an interesting postcard sponsored by the United Cigar Stores Company, and they were very much in favor of daylight savings. The more daylight they had, the easier it was to grow more tobacco … and the more tobacco, the more cigars they could produce. This was their push for grassroots mobilization.

It’s always about the bottom line when lobbying Congress.

Saving Daylight! postcard (1918)
Saving Daylight! postcard (1918)

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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