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101 Years Ago This Month…

Posted on | July 23, 2015 | No Comments

Well, here it is the 20s of July again, when, 101 years ago, the diplomatic hustle-bustle that led to World War I was going on. On the 23rd, the entire German foreign ministry and military ostentatiously ‘went on vacation’ to show the world that everything was okay and nothing was happening. Count von Mogo, an important official at the time, took off his heavy gold-braided and bemedaled uniform, combed his huge mustache, and really took off on vacation, under the impression that all the war talk and jitters were “Nur ein Wind von der Hüfte” as he put it. General mobilization caught Count von Mogo on the beach at Atlantic City. The Count was immortalized by a fast-thinking press photographer who clicked the famous shot of the count as he heard the news. Count von Mogo was wearing his favorite striped wool bathing suit and a straw skimmer; he was buying lunch for a young lady at a hot dog cart; his monocle is seen falling into the mustard. It was summer 1914.

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