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Advertising —The Victorian Banner Girls

Advertising —The Victorian Banner Girls

In the days before the internet – and even moving pictures – companies had to be creative when advertising their products to the public. 

These are the fascinating photos of the late 19th century ‘banner lady’ phenomenon – where U.S. businesses would drape young women from head to toe in the items they sold.

Just like in modern times, businesses-owners used young women to advertise completely unrelated wares, and ‘banner ladies’ would have everything from pretzels  to light bulbs pinned to their skirts.

Tell me the Story About this Plane.. The Answer is….

What Happened to the Towels in the Soap Box?

What Did You Use MIR Dish Soap For?

Desperately Seeking Effie Elsie McCallum — Part 2 — Jaan Kolk

Jane McCallum — The First Lady of No-Rub Laundry Flakes

Peter McCallum — From Brown and Wylie Mill Employee to The King of Mack’s No Rub Laundry Soap

In Memory of Peter McCallum –Almonte’s Grand Old Lady

More on Jane McCallum/Jane Moore McNeely — The First Lady Of Soap

The Carleton Place Bathroom Appliance Cars

Spittle Spatter and Dirty Faces of Yore

Gym? I Thought You said Gin!

I will Wash Your Mouth Out with Soap!

Remember Halo Shampoo?

What the Heck was Electric Soap? Chatterton House Hotel Registrar

A Video About Lysol — the Marriage Hygiene

A Video About Lysol — the Marriage Hygiene


“Curiously, I know many mothers who use “Lysol” regularly for marriage hygiene, but who never think of giving the whole household the advantage of its many health benefits. Isn’t that a bit thoughtless … or even . . . selfish?”

And this was before they had the wipes. This was a cruel marketing strategy, and dangerous, too. Moral of the story— always be wary of advertising.


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The Morning Post
Camden, New Jersey
20 Aug 1945, Mon  •  Page 8

The Almonte Ladies Barber

A Town Founded by Women and Gossip

Six Women in Town but Lots of Logging

Women in Prison 1900s

Cures for a Cold in Carleton Place Circa 1868



December 25, 1868

Please note that this is not my spelling in the article below. This is the exact wording and spelling that was in the Perth Courier in 1868

Cure for a ColdPutte your fette in hotte water as high as your thighs.  Wrappe your head in a flannelle as low as your eyes.  Take a quart of rummn’d gruelle when in bede as a dose with a #4 dippe; well tallow your nose.

Howard’s popular “Stop That Cough!” – was made at his Orien’s Manufacturing Co in Carleton Place. He had elixirs that cured everything from hair loss to cancer. Consider some of the names of once popular forms of medicine—sugartits (sugary medicine for babies), booty balls (silver mercury pills), cachets (crude precursors to capsules) and folded powders (easier to swallow than pills or tablets). And consider some of the medicines themselves:bat dung (guano), juniper tar, nux vomica, turpentine, hog lard, nutgall, pomegranate, stinging nettle and sarsaparilla..

Treating Frostbite

We are informed on good authority that nothing is better for withdrawing the frost without injury to the frozen ears, cheeks, fingers, than the immediate application of kerosene.  Rub it in gently a few times. In one instant both cheeks were frozen and this remedy gave immediate relief without the usual inflammation.  It is indispensable that the application be made before the thaw.  This remedy is the more valuable because it is always at hand in every house.

With all the clothes we wore, scarves over our faces, long underwear, and long stockings we had frostbitten feet in the winter.

Some methods we used to alleviate the pain was to sponge our feet with kerosene and going barefoot in the snow. We just got cold feet from this.

Olga (Huntemann) Feyerherm
West Point, Nebraska