02 June 2010 @ 08:21 pm
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crabofdoom: LOLcrabofdoom on June 3rd, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Could it be... POISON?
Sandysp23 on June 3rd, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Ahahaha! I was just going to post, "Maybe a little rat poison in his Jack?"
spuzzlightyearspuzzlightyear on June 3rd, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
By sticking a snake in the bottle??

By the way, that is some killer illustration there.
[ overdrawn at the memory bank ]: [Misc.]: where's the leprechaun?funkybrewsta on June 3rd, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Now I'm honestly curious to what her "cure" was and why it took her twenty years to come up with it.
oic: al roker 4-evaboomstick on June 3rd, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
It was heroin, wasn't it?
franklanguage: Cracka-Colafranklanguage on June 3rd, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Heroin would definitely cure him.
A Goat with a Warningmeleth on June 3rd, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Wow, old-school popup ads.
Raven Moon: Medieval Scholarraven_moon on June 4th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
OMG! Off topic, but total icon love! Is it shareable?
A Goat with a Warningmeleth on June 4th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
If it's the "hwaet ye foqque" one, then go for it. It's by [Unknown LJ tag].
A Goat with a Warningmeleth on June 4th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
If it's the "hwaet ye foqque" one, then go for it. It's by elffin.
Pseydtonne: bright-blessingspseydtonne on June 3rd, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
This is reminding me of the time Jim Carrey was on SNL and did a bit about "Ride The Snake", which was a mix of uppers.

Why does she have nothing to sell but won't publish her cure in the paper?
Ed: Abner! Come look!njbearcub1 on June 3rd, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Even by early-1900's standards, she is too pretty for me to say, "If you were married to her for 20 years, wouldn't you drink, too?"
Miss Tia's Journalmisstiajournal on June 3rd, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
TudorLady: Dressedtudorlady on June 3rd, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
At that time, divorce was expensive, very hard to get, and publicly humiliating (especially for the woman), which was a big deal. If she had children, she'd lose them, even to a drunkard. Things have come a long way.
Pat Bpbrim on June 3rd, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
You had to be able to prove that he had committed certain specific "sins" to qualify for a divorce. Infidelity was one, and so was physical abuse, but you had to be able to prove it. Alcoholism was not grounds. I think "failure to support" would work, but only if he never gave you a penny. (By the way, marital rape wasn't grounds because it legally didn't exist until the 70's. Before that, marriage gave him total access to your body any time he wanted. OTOH, if you refused to perform your marital duties, that was grounds for him to divorce you.)

You also had to make sure your behavior was beyond reproach. Divorce was only granted to an "innocent" party. If you charged infidelity on his part, and he could claim you were also untrue, there was no innocent party and you couldn't get divorced.
sylphslidersylphslider on June 3rd, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
If she were serious, wouldn't she have put the free remedy in the copy of the ad?
E♥: Match Game: Betty lifts Richardwhoseline_wlsc on June 3rd, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
That's what I was thinking...if she doesn't have anything to sell you, why do you have to write her?
fiercediva: question markfiercediva on June 3rd, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
The ads were a front for a company selling a fake cure for drunkenness called Alcola, various pills which contained strychnine, among other things. The letter from Mrs Anderson would advise the writer to contact the Physicians Cooperative Association in Chicago, who sold the pills. A detailed writeup can be found via Google Books in "More Secret Remedies: What They Cost & What They Contain" page 137.
Ed: Ha-HA!njbearcub1 on June 3rd, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
You are a front for a company selling fake free Google Books.

fiercediva: Simon Cowell Says What?fiercediva on June 3rd, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Aw, c'mon, the pertinent page shedding light on the mystery was free. :-)
baron154baron154 on June 3rd, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
I love how the ad brags that "noble" Margaret is "HATED by the Whiskey Trust".

(To be fair, alcoholism did destroy a lot of lives then- in urban communities, it was the bane of the working class, men drinking their meager earnings away as kids went hungry. Early feminism was very tied anti-alcohol feeling that eventually became Prohibition. Because they and the kids were the ones who bore the brunt of mens' carousing, which actually was more serious than we appreciate today. What we consider raging alcoholism today was considered somewhat normal then. And except for German biergartens, it was indeed whiskey they were drinking. There wasn't many lighter options than that, they went for the hard stuff. )
Kim, Meezer Queen and Equestriennemeezergal on June 3rd, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
I'm afraid it's still destroying lives today. :(
TudorLady: b&w kittiestudorlady on June 3rd, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
veronica_jayveronica_jay on June 3rd, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
Choke his snake?
Miss October: Poison - sipmiss_october on June 3rd, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
This comment made me el oh el!
evilfoo: darwinevilfoo on June 3rd, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
it's the only solution!
Riley/Rosiequeer_kitten on June 3rd, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
Danwordissuperfly on June 3rd, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Ahhh, I miss the refreshing taste of That's All brand whiskey. Things were so much better before that Anderson witch had to go after Big Whiskey.
becca: vivianbagecka on June 5th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
anyone else notice the backward e in "sell" under "rememdy is" in boldface? it's bothering me...
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