Advertisements Never Fail to Entertain


As is often the case in the older issues, the advertisements were more interesting than the actual copy.

Page 3 features a cornucopia of ads that reflect what life was like on the cusp of World War I.

Of note was an ad for Zhongiva, which apparently was used to reduce gum inflammation, while another touted Spitta’s Coryza Cough Lozenges, which for the sum of two bits, “give prompt relief for that seasonable cold.” And then there was Cloud’s Depilatory Powder, billed as a “superfluous hair remover.”

Meantime, Café Kopp on Broad Street offered “shore dinners” for $1.25, while Binder’s on 13th Street touted its tonsorial services for children, noting that “trimming your children’s hair is often a question of keeping them amused.” Those amusements included “zoo pictures.”

And the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning — now the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Penn — advertised a winter term starting Oct. 27.


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