Wednesday, November 24, 2010

To Die in a Bad Cause or to Dye in a Good Cause, that is the question

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all who read this blog, and best wishes and good luck to those who will brave the stores on Black Friday, especially to any in the expected frigid weather in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area.

As I was looking over some old editions of the Cincinnati Daily Enquirer (now just the Cincinnati Enquirer) an advertisement jumped out to me, due to a clever word play. I have to admit it did make me chuckle a bit. I'll print the text here as closely as I can to look like the ad itself.

To Die in a Bad Cause,
As those who fall in the rebel ranks, undoubtedly do, is foolish. but, on the other hand,
Dyeing for a Good Cause,
As those who are wise and prudent enough to remedy the defects of nature with
Are doing every day, in every city of the Union, is eminently praiseworthy. This peaceful revolution is going on throughout the whole land, and thus beauty and harmony supplant homeliness and incongruity. Manufactured by J. CRISTADORO, No. 6 Astor House, New York. Sold by Druggists. Applied by all Hair-dressers.

Here's a link to a copy of one of this company's ads.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Richard! Between this and the Whiskeropherous post, you have REALLY helped me with my neverending research on patent medicines and the Civil War!


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