Sunday, April 28, 2013

Almanac of Health, c. 1880s

A figure of a boy carefully cut out of a magazine -- likely the very almanac that he's hawking. The back  gives you a hint of the dubious potions of the era that were sold to cure a variety of maladies -- everything from dyspepsia to paralysis. This kind of scrap was commonly pasted in a scrapbook with other illustrations and chromos. Notice the boy's image is repeated in the magazine he's holding in his left hand. So we can assume this boy was featured on the back of the almanac; the front cover in his right hand shows a woman grooming herself.

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