Seven More Awesome 19th Century Ads


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Richard Hershberger is a paralegal working in Maryland. When he isn't doing whatever it is that paralegals do, or taking his daughters to Girl Scouts, he is dedicated to the collection and analysis of useless and unremunerative information.

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13 Responses

  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Nothing can beat Richmond has Fallen and So have Prices. Nothing.

    I can’t find a link to it now.Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    These were the young and innocent days of the ad industry, before they decided that sex and flash sells.Report

  3. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Do you kniw if the Battle of Gettysburg attraction this one? I think it is.Report

    • Avatar Kimmi says:

      It is, I swear to god it is!
      (I grew up near there. My husband was abandoned there by his parents … frequently. They… eventually… remembered to pick him up.)Report

    • Quite likely, but I can’t be sure. Cycloramas were popular at the time, and often quite over the top. The ad for Jerusalem on the day of the crucifixion is another one.Report

    • Avatar Kimmi says:

      well, wiki says there were several made from the same drawing. likely is.Report

  4. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    Advertising as fireproof in Chicago was just good marketing a decade after the Great Chicago Fire.

    It’s good to know that misuse of the possessive it and misspellings are not recent phenomena in homemade ad copy.Report

  5. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I’ve not much to say other than that I absolutely love these old ads.Report

  6. Avatar Will H. says:

    Fusel oils develop in high fermentation temperatures. They have a hot taste to them, that has been described as “like a nail going into my head.” They give hangovers, and can be fatal at high dosages. They are the reason that private distilling is unlawful in the U.S, whether hot distillation or cold distillation.Report

  7. Avatar dhex says:

    odin rides his swans against high prices?Report