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Day 179: Fun Stuff

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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!

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    I oove to see the old adverts from where I am as well...they are great....tells me I am getting old when i remember them...lol
    3332 days ago
    I could use a nice straw hat---LOL
    3332 days ago
    "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

    Love the ads. G'night, sweet Kasey!

    3332 days ago
    Wow!!--Old adds------ You are really good at that!!! ---Nice! Lynda from the North-- emoticon
    3332 days ago
    In my experience, search engines don't work too well in genealogical research because there are too many ways to write a name! I've seen my last name written in about 20 different ways, because the English census takers would write the French names phonetically, or like other names they knew. And I too get distracted by the lovely adverts and stories of life "way back when".

    Fun hobby that easily becomes an obsession! Beware!
    3332 days ago
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