Those Ad Men

Lately I’ve been reading the Deseret News and that has reminded me again of the fun advertisements you find in old newsprint. One of my favorites is from the Exponent around 1890 or so. The ad proposes the benefits of “taking” a spoonful of sodium hypochlorite at bed time. You get a cleansed palate and sweet stomach. No morning breath there! Sodium hypochlorite goes by a different name in your pantry now. Bleach. Yum.

This next is not an ad, but it appears with the DNews ads in 1857:

In this city, of influenza, October 2, TAMSON VILATE, daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth Margetts, aged 10 days.

“Dearest sister, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But ’tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.”

The Providence of God is a view many Latter-day Saints share without much examination. The sisterhood thing is also very interesting.[1]

A lot of the early DNews “ads” were lost and found stuff but here’s an interesting one that is not:

JOHN H. PICKNELL is always on hand at C. Taylor’s slaughter house to kill beeves for $1 per head, and will pay a good price for hides.
N.B. Tripe and cow heels always on hand.

A possible Christmas gift guys! Cow heels for your sweetheart.
[1] The words are frequently quoted in Protestant death notices in the 19th century. They come from a hymn by L. Mason usually under the title “Death of a Schoolmate.”

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