Food Fun and Facts - Advertising in the 1800's thru Early 1900's in America

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Advertisement for Babies Teething Syrup

Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup has been used for over fifty years by millions of mothers for their children while teething with perfect success.

It soothes the child, softens the gums, allays all pain, cures wind colic, and is the best remedy for diarrhea.

Sold by druggists in every part of the world.
Twenty-five Cents a bottle.

Advertisement for Sulphume
Ad is from the 1800's

Picture a lady from the 1800's in a dressing gown, her hair pinned on top of her head.

She is pouring liquid from a bottle into a claw foot bathtub.

Behind her, is a lovely mirror above a marble sink.

A new elector-chemical discovery is announced.
Sulphur has been successfully dissolved.

Sulphume is liquid sulphur. It is the only liquid sulphur.
One bottle of Sulphume makes twelve sulphur baths

Sulphur Baths at Home are now possible to every one.

No need to go to Sulphur Springs. Simply use Sulphume to soften the water and give it just the right amount of sulphur to be absorbed by the pores.

It whitens the skin and heals all humors.

Sulphume is taken internally and does all that sulphur can do and more, because it is sulphur in its best form.
Sulphur is used externally as a lotion. Its effect is marvelous.

SULPHUME SOAP is the only genuine sulphur soap that has ever been made, for the reason that we are the only firm in the world who possess the secret of dissolving sulphur.

SULPHUME BOOK tells all about Sulphume:
gives the names of people who have used it and been cured by it.

Sent free at your request. If your druggist has not yet put in a stock of Sulphume,
we will send bottle, carriage paid, for $1.00.

By all means send for a free copy of "Sulphume Book," and learn about this truly remarkable scientific discovery.

SULPHUME COMPANY 152-158 Lake Street, Chicago

Ad for Ivory Soap.

It Floats . No other soap is found in so many homes.
The Proctor Gamble Co. Cincinnati

The above ads were taken from the Harper's New Monthly Magazine No. 552 May, 1896

Ad for Prudential Life Insurance 1911

Can ALL be insured in The Prudential.
Protects the Home. Provides Life Insurance at Very Low Cost.
Issues a Policy that Absolutely Safeguards the Family.
Policies $15 up Ages 1 to 70
Both Sexes Ask our agent for Particulars and Rates

Generations of comic book readers remember the tantalizing promises of vintage novelty advertisements that offered authentic laser-gun plans, x-ray specs, and even 7-foot-tall monsters (with glow-in-the-dark eyes!). But what would you really get if you entrusted your hard-earned $1.69 to the post office?

Mail-Order Mysteries answers this question, revealing the amazing truths (and agonizing exaggerations) about the actual products marketed to kids in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Pop-culture historian Kirk Demarais shares his astonishing collection.

With more than 150 extraordinary, peculiar, and downright fraudulent collectibles, Mail-Order Mysteries is a must-have book comic book fans everywhere. Trust us.
Mail-Order Mysteries:
Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads!

Memorial Day Information
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Nineteenth Century American Women
Information, Recipes, Household Hitns, and Books about 19th Century American Women and Families

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Old Advertisements from the 1800's-1900's

US Statistics for 1903

The average life expectancy was forty-seven (47) Years Old.

Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.
With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000.

More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.

Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death in the US were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart Disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

Canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

There were no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

One in ten US adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores.
According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."

Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.

Here is an ad for Malt-Nutrine from Anheuser-Busch 1896.

Picture a man sitting in an easy chair, with a mother dressed to kill with a baby in her arms!

The ad reads:
MAN WITH A FAMILY should study its needs:
Wholesome food, proper clothing, good air, exercise and (not the least necessary) an occasional tonic. For debility will creep in.

One sip of it will give you more grain strength and actual nourishment- then a dozen loaves of bread.

It gives consumptives and sufferers from wasting diseases greater strength and healthy flesh, and gives nursing mothers just the nourishment they want.

To be had at all druggists and grocers.
Prepared by Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association,
St. Louis, U.S.A. Send for handsomely illustrated colored booklets and other reading matter.

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Allergy Recipes
Sugar Free, Milk Free and Wheat Free Recipes

Army Air Corp Photos WWII
World War 2 Photos of B17's and Information about the Army Air Corp

Baking Tips
Tips and Hints on Baking, Candy Making and Cooking

Recipes for all types of drinks
Include Old Remedy for curing drinking too much alcohol

Book Care and Repair
Learn how to clean and repair books

Children's Recipes
Easy Kids Recipes to Make with your Kids

Chinese New Year
Information about Chinese New Year and Chinese New Year Recipes

Christmas Entertaining Recipes
Christmas Recipes, Menu's for Christmas and Information for Entertaining at Christmas

Cookbook Reviews
Read reviews on Cookbooks published in the past ten years

Cooking and Food Links

Great Foodie Sites and Related Food and Cooking sites

Cooking for a Large Group
Recipes and Informaton on Cooking for groups of 25-100 People

Cooking Tips
More Cooking and Baking Tips and Hints from Food Fun and Facts

Creative Holiday Cooking
Learn how to entertain and cook for fancy holiday affairs

Colorful paper dolls that sold everything from coffee to cathartics, from tea to thread, from cocoa to corsets.

These dolls were the playthings of generations of children from the 1890s to the First World War.

These wonderful examples of advertising art include fanciful characters from the imagination of artists like Palmer Cox.

Dolls depicting characters from favorite nursery rhymes and folk tales were issued by many advertisers; these dolls filled the playtime hours of many.

Whether you're a collector or someone simply interested in the charm and culture of turn-of-the-century America, this book is sure to make a good addition to your library.
America's Early Advertising Paper Dolls

How did advertising come to seem natural and ordinary to magazine readers by the end of the nineteenth century?

The Adman in the Parlor explores readers' interactions with advertising during a period when not only consumption but advertising itself became established as a pleasure.

As magazines became dependent on advertising rather than sales for their revenues, women's magazines led the way in making consumers of readers through the interplay of fiction, editorials, and advertising.

General magazines, too, saw little conflict between these different interests.

Instead, advertising and fiction came to act on one another in complex, unexpected ways.

Magazine stories illustrated the multiple desires and social meanings embodied in the purchase of a product.
The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture, 1880s to 1910s

Culinary History
History of Food and Food History Time Line

Easter Information and Recipes

Easter Fun-Easter Recipes,Information and Entertaining on Easter for Kids and Adults

Easy Recipes

Economical and Easy Tried and True Recipes

Entertaining Tips and Recipes
More Tips on Entertaining at home

Fun with Food
Fun with Food ,Fun Facts and Food Games

Food Trivia
Great Fun with Food Trivia and Food Trivia Games

Halloween Fun
Recipes for Halloween and Halloween Fun Ideas

Herbal Remedies
Old Time Herbal Remedies for Home Use

Herbs and Spices
Information on how to use herbs and spices

Household Hints
Must Have Household Hints and Cleaning Tips for the Entire Family

Kids Crafts and Recipes
Easy Children's Crafts for Kids

Kids Links
Safe Educational Fun Sites for Kids of all ages

Cherubic and rosy-cheeked, children were the spotlight of many 19th-century advertising cards peddling an amazing array of "wholesome" wares, from medicines, soaps, and colognes to clothing and food items.

This charming collection of pure Americana features 221 full-color images that hearken back to a delightfully innocent age of advertising.
Children in Old-Time Trade Cards

Old Advertising Photos
Photo of Leonard Morton Workshoes and More

More Old Ads!
Old Mandel-ette Camera Ad and More

Nineteenth Century American Women
Family Life in 1800's America

Nineteenth Century Advertising

Old Advertising information including Trade Cards and Links to Good Books about collecting old advertisement items

Nutrition for the whole Family-Calories, Vitamins, Minerals and Diet information

Parenting Tips
Tips for Parents of Kids of all ages

Pet Goodies for Dogs & Cats
Make Your Own Dog and Cat Food, plus Dog and Cat Care and Fun with Pets

Recipes from the 1800's
100 Year Old Recipes and Household Hints for you to try

Sewing Tips

Helpful Sewing and Knitting Tips for the beginning sewer

Thanksgiving Recipes
Thanksgiving recipes, menu's and Thanksgiving Information and Entertaining

Wine and Beer Information
Beer And Wine Recipes & games plus tips on making and buying wine and beer