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Old Cartoons and Old Ads Friday

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Gem_Freezer_Ice_Cream_Maker_Ad_1890

Source:  Life Magazine, 1890

Note – you have to read it carefully but one feature is it won’t pinch/mangle fingers

Cartoon_Give_A_Seat_1893

Source:  Life Magazine, 1893

Messinger_Easy_For_Ladies_Saddle_Ad_1896

Source:  Life Magazine, 1896

Note – Ladies, it avoids all injurious pressure!

Cartoon_Fish_Funeral_1900

Source:  Life Magazine, 1900

Cartoon_Gramatical_Clerk_1896

Source:  Life Magazine, 1896

Modene_Ad_1891

Source:  Life Magazine, 1891

Note – this ad in particular I find really terrifying – what was this stuff?  Hoax?  Worse, did it work?

Old Ads and Cartoons Friday

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

1902_Cartoon_Car_Think_It_Will_Explode

Source:  Life Magazine, 1902

1902_Cartoon_Money_Bags_Takes_Air

Source:  Life Magazine, 1902

1902_Racist_Club_Cocktails

Source:  Life Magazine, 1902

Note – one of my sample advertisements that reflect the casual racism of the times

Cartoon_Customs_Racist_Bizzare_1901

Source:  Life Magazine, 1901

Note – another racist cartoon that is also damn weird

Corrocco_Tablet_Anti_Nicotine_Ad_1892

Source:  Life Magazine, 1892

Corrocco_Tablet_South_America_Ad_1892

Source:  Life Magazine 1892

Note – I welcome any thoughts on what “special South American plant” this is

Friday Old Comics and Old Ads

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

1902_Cartoon_How_On_Earth

Source:  Life Magazine, 1902

Note – I’m not quite sure what this means

1902_Cartoon_Loud_Voice_Small_Room

Source:  Life Magazine, 1902

Cartoon_Death_Waste_Time_1892

Source:  Life Magazine, 1892

Cartoon_Elephant_Cards_1901

Source:  Life Magazine, 1902

Halcyon_Matrimonial_Co_Ad_1896

Source:  Life Magazine, 1896

Note – I wonder how dating through services like this actually worked…

Cartoon_Hell_WTF_1893

Source:  Life Magazine, 1893

Note – there is A LOT going on in this cartoon that I don’t understand – I believe it is a knock at contemporary theater and…the Irish?

Friday Old Cartoons and Old Ads

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Ampersand_Hotel_Ad_1893

Source:  Life Magazine, 1893

Note – I am really curious what the “special and unusual attractions for young people” were

Cartoon_College_Education_1896

Source:  Life Magazine, 1896

Cartoon_Curried_Chicken_1900

Source:  Life Magazine, 1900

Huylers_Chocolate_1901

Source:  Life Magazine, 1907

Blonde_Hair_Cartoon_1890

Source:  Life Magazine, 1890

Cartoon_Daily_Paper_Effect_1896

Source:  Life Magazine, 1896

Guide_Straps_Cartoon_1891

Source:  Life Magazine, 1891

Friday Cartoons and Old Ads

Friday, August 29th, 2014

1902_Cartoon_Hypenated_Anti_Trust_Bill

Source:  Life Magazine, 1902

1902_Cartoon_Sleeping_Beauty

Source:  Life Magazine, 1902

Edenia_Perfume_Christmas_1887

Source:  Life Magazine, 1887

Note – gender specific gifts are older rooted than some think, but not that much older

Edison_Phonograph_1901

Source:  Life Magazine, 1901

1902_Cartoon_Ducks_Naval_Appropriations

Source:  Life Magazine, 1902

Note – now this one has a bit going on and I thought a longer note was useful.  I believe the eagle in this shot is wearing a Liberty Cap, a symbol semi-stolen from the French Revolution and a mark of the difference between the United States and Imperial Germany.  This stems off a major German push beginning in 1898 in the increased construction of German naval power, with a stated goal of matching the British navy in strength by 1915.  (Germany fell short of the mark.)  At the time the United States was a lesser naval power and Congress responded to the increasing naval actions of Germany by ordering its own series of fleet strength increases – mainly thanks to Teddy Roosevelt and his deep love for naval power and interest in intervening in the Caribbean.

Old Cartoons and Old Ads Friday

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Ad_American_Girl_Gloves_Cheapest_Best_1892

Source:  Life Magazine, 1892

Note – nothing like a bit of jingoism to sell products

Stout_People_Ad_1887

Source:  Life Magazine, 1887

Note – the method of the pitch may change but the heart of the sell remains the same

Sorosis_Shoe_Ad_1901

Source:  Life Magazine, 1901

Note – I shall investigate the story of this shoe riot as the ad alludes, however note jingoism again and a lovely stereotypical image of a German

Rotary_Hat_Iron_Ad_1893

Source:  Life Magazine, 1893

Note – indeed it was used to smooth down silk hats by middle class individuals who wanted to look styling but may have lacked the necessary domestic help.  Steampunk enthusiasts might want to bring these back.

Cartoon_Women_China_Babies_Pigs_Rascist_1892

Source:  Life Magazine, 1892

Note – yes the past was really horrible at times

Friday Old Comics and Old Ads

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Bell_Cap_Sic_Ad_1890

Source:  Life Magazine, 1890

Note – because any of you wimpy nonathletic types wouldn’t be able to appreciate the wonder of spicy plaster of paris

Butts_Bromo_Lithia_Hangover_Ad_1883

Source:  Life Magazine, 1883

Note – I’m not sure but if I’m right and “Lithia” covers lithium it would make a post drinking bout happy for anybody

Cartoon_Hairbrush_1892

Source:  Life Magazine, 1892

Cartoon_Greenie_Police_Force_1892

Source:  Life Magazine, 1892

Note for both cartoons – the past is hilarious because it was so horrifying sometimes

1903_Cartoon_Significant_Glance_Strenuous_Dance

Source:  Life Magazine, 1903

Note – a reference to the impending 1904 Presidential election – the lady is the United States and the gentleman are various potential Democratic candidates.  Teddy was a vigorous President.

1903_Ford_Motor_Company_First_Ad

Source:  Life Magazine, 1903

Note – not only do I like the slogan, “Boss of the Road” but also this represents a bit of a gem for me to find, it ran in the early July 1903 edition of Life Magazine.  Henry Ford incorporated the Ford Motor Company in June 1903.  It is possible this is one of the first automobile ads they ever ran.  If you note the address, 696 Mack Avenue, it was Ford’s first factory for that company and featured small skilled artisan craftsmanship of cars.

Comics and Ads Friday

Friday, July 25th, 2014

American_Ring_Bachelor_Buttons_1900

Source:  Life Magazine, 1900

Note:  Favorite Quote “Press a little lever – they hold like grim death – but don’t injure the fabric” – nothing like Death to sell your product

Swimsuit_Babies_Plump_Cartoon_1891

Source:  Life Magazine, 1891

Note:  Positive body responses even in the 19th century

Old_Gold_For_Cash_1890

Source:  Life Magazine, 1890

Note:  The more things change…

US_Mutual_Insurance_Ad_1893

Source:  Life Magazine, 1893

Note:  The good old days were really terrifying in many ways

Comic_Sea_Serpent_Car_1901

Source:  Life Magazine, 1901

Scotts_Cod_Liver_1887

Source:  Life Magazine, 1887

Note:  Favorite quote – “almost as palatable as milk” – qualifiers are most important

Scotts_Cod_Liver_No_Madness_1893

Source:  Life Magazine, 1893

Note – a cure so logical there is no madness in taking it

Old Cartoons and Ads

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Age_Advertising_Cartoon_1891

Source:  Life Magazine, 1891

Armours_Calendar_Ad_1901

Source:  Life Magazine, 1901

Note – when I think of Extract of Beef I always think of Society Girls, it is a natural association

Cartoon_Debt_Smallpox_1893

Source:  Life Magazine, 1893

Field_Stream_Girl_Ad_1901

Source:  Life Magazine, 1901

Note I like how they are using a pretty girl posing with a gun to sell an outdoors magazine, some things never change

Judson_Filters_Ad_1887

Source:  Life Magazine, 1887

Note – “Galvano Electic” is a trendy brand-type name for galvanic electricity, i.e. electric current  (U.S. patent application 700783 as proof)

Cartoon_Doctrine_Reincarnation_1883

Source:  Life Magazine, 1883

Garfield_Tea_Ad_1892

Source:  Life Magazine, 1892

Note – I believe that is an engraving of President Garfield, assassinated in 1881 and a martyr for the nation.  It takes guts to use a martyred president to help hock your tea

Old Ads and Cartoons Friday

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Cartoon_Bat_Vest_1901

Source:  Life Magazine, 1901

Note – yes I find it insufferably cute as well

Lowney_Bonbons_1900

Source:  Life Magazine, 1900

Note – Yes Lowney’s Bonbons, meeting all your chocolate carried by fat winged baby needs

Mineral_Pastilles_Influenza_Ad_1890

Source:  Life Magazine, 1890

Cartoon_Chicago_Girls_Big_Feet_1893

Source:  Life Magazine, 1893

Note – I have no idea why either and my research did not turn up an easy answer to this view of Chicago girls having huge feet

Cartoon_Bearing_Reins_1896

Source:  Life Magazine, 1896

Monarch_Bicycle_Pyramids_Ad_1896

Source:  Life Magazine, 1896

Note – I just love how majestic this ad seems

Ambiguous_Cartoon_1890

Source:  Life Magazine, 1890

Note – I’m really unsure what this means precisely.