Media in the Twenties

The nineteen twenties saw the commence of some of our most treasured traditions — like over-the-counter drugs, radio and billboard advertising. This is just one of quite a few burlesque tunes sung to me by my mother which typifies the well known mind-set toward the matters of the day.

The Billboard Tune

As I was going for walks down the road, a billboard met my eye.

The ads created there would make one particular chuckle and cry.

The wind and the rain came down that night time,

Washed fifty percent that board away.

The other fifty percent remaining there would make that billboard say:

Smoke a (A very well recognised soft drink), Tomato catsup cigarettes,

See Lillian Russell Wrestle with a box of Cascarets.

Heinz Pork and Beans will meet again in a finish battle

And Silent Joe will speak about Sapolio tonight.

Get Bromo for the horses, it is the very best in city.

Castoria kills the measles just pay out 5 dollars down.

Teeth are eradicated with no a discomfort, value but half a dime

And overcoats are advertising out a tiny at a time.

In 1926 cigarettes ended up a new well-liked vice, even for girls, and (A very well identified tender drink) essentially had some cocaine in it. Half the inhabitants considered tomatoes as a toxic fruit, even though catsup acquired in recognition.

Perfectly endowed Lillian Russell presented a titillating determine as a wrestler and in particular with a box of laxatives.. Boxing in the twenties even now featured bare knuckles battling ending when a person fighter remained vulnerable.

Radio performed new aspect in home leisure with small music but substantially speech producing by politicians but I doubt if they spoke about Sapolio Soap. Intensely marketed Bromo-seltzer was made use of typically as a hangover cure but not for the horses which nonetheless plied the streets. With no antibiotics invented, Castoria acted as a cure for most inside ills. Measles appeared on the scene, killing a person in ten victims with no remedy in sight.

Five dollars down was thought of a bad way to around devote but was cherished by the organization neighborhood. Laughing gas was so well-known that dentists could overcharge at will, therefore the sarcasm. No one could find the money for to obtain a lot of nearly anything, not even an overcoat and gross exaggerations of the shortness of source belied the actuality of tricky moments.

I Didn’t Know

We achieved in the springtime, you melted my coronary heart,

The like that you planted was powerful from the start out.

We blossomed in summer, you designed my existence loaded,

The days with out amount, the flame of love lit.

But an angel came in autumn and positioned you in their care.

The leaves fell as you caught them

Matching gold lights in your hair.

I cry your identify when mem’ries occur ’round,

As autumn’s 1st leaf drifts to the ground.


I failed to know how a lot I loved you

Right up until you went absent.

I didn’t say “I love you” right until that last day.

The tunes that was you I only discovered when it stopped.

I did not consider the time to say I cared for you a good deal.

My enjoy of daily life went with you – much too late for me to say

I did not know how significantly I beloved you

Right until the working day you went absent.

Nicole Thomas

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