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I have no idea what these posters are for. The devil doctor… Was it a circus act? A novel?

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Who knew that cars used to be so flimsy that one had to buy a new one every year! It was also customary to assume that there will be repair bills even with the best of automobiles.

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Russian ponyskin cap with goggles (1905)

February 16, 2012

One of the phases which makes our stock the greatest in scope and the most complete of which we know is the number of clever patented garments and requisites of which this new cap is one of the cleverest. Only $8.50? Compared to the lady’s coat at $165 this is a positive steal. Can you [...]

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From an automobile garment catalogue, 1905

February 16, 2012

So elaborate and original, without offense to good taste. Indeed. Note the price $165 in 1905! How much would that be today? $5,000? Enough to buy a used car? Need ideas to design and monetize your website: try OnlineIncomeClinic.com

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Hiawatha spring water

February 15, 2012

How about a little quote from Longfellow? Too soon?

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Pompeian cream

February 15, 2012

  Is she as fair and fresh as the day when you were married? If not, it is probably because she neglected to care for her skin. I’m sure this product did exactly what it was supposed to do. The only problem was a poorly chosen name with connotations of the famous Mount Vesuvius eruption [...]

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“Picture tie” (1874)

February 8, 2012

Here is a fashion trend that never caught on: a neck-tie with a hidden picture frame which can be revealed at will by pulling a cord. Invention ahead of its time? With proper marketing this could work today. Remember, back they people were not used to wearing graphic T’s.

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Gas Engine Ad (late 19th century)

February 6, 2012

What a curious time it was, when gas engines were advertized quite separately from any machines that would require them!

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