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The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Advertising Cards

I picked up a nice batch of c1900 advertising cards at the BrooklynFlea this weekend. Looks like they were removed from a scrapbook. Would have liked to see the whole book intact for context but it would have been out of my price range. Here's what I got:

A patent medicine card with the text:
Shut the Door
Piso's Cure for Consumption
Piso's Cure for Catarrh

"Catarrh" sounds ominous but it's just congested sinuses and the wave of mucus I've been surfing all week. From now on I have Catarrh.

Next this Cortecelli Knitting Silk card with sewing elves.

This woman below is currently using: Dr. Scott's Electric Corset, Dr. Scott's Electric Hair-Brush, Dr. Scott's Electric Hair-Curler, and Dr. Scott's Electric Tooth Brush.

She has that stalk in her mouth so she doesn't bite off her tongue.

Lastly this McCormick card for "Right Hand Machines":

The wisdom of using a severed hand to advertising harvesting equipment is a bit questionable but it's a nice card anyway.

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