I'm still going thru the old newspapers that are available online. Theoretically, I can instruct the computer (get a load of that: ME, the computer illiterate, telling the computer what to do, lol) to search for a phrase like 'John Brown,' and it will go over the entire newspaper searching out instances of that particular name.
The reality, of course, is that the magic works sometimes - and sometimes it doesn't. So I still end up sort of skimming thru, and every so often it pays off, as I find a name I'm looking for that wasn't flagged by the computer.
Eh. Too much time on my hands.
Anyway, while that's the meat-and-potatoes of this sifting, the dessert is the advertising. I know, I know, but we're talking turn-of-the-20th-century here, anything from the 1870s to about WWI in span. Take a look:
Wouldn't that be just the ticket for Monday's doings! Wear a new straw 'boater' to a parade, use it to shade your head at a picnic, and keep it handy for the fireworks show later.
If you think it's too hot and you'd like to contemplate something cooler, check this one out:
When my grandparents sold my great-grandparents' dairy farm, circa 1960, there was an old cutter out in the barn. Wonder what became of it.
Some of these old ads feature products that are still available:
I could use some 'brain bread' myself, lol. One of the best, tho, to my mind, was this ad:
I'm not sure what 'costiveness' is, but sounds like this stuff would fix my 'torpid liver' up real good. Ya gotta laff, ain't?
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!