So, okay, let's say for a moment that I'm a 19th century consumer, I have no problem with the racist imagery, and I'm in the market for a wringer--just how am I supposed to interpret this ad? Is the wringer in the ad an Empire? If so, it looks kind of dangerous so maybe I should go for a different brand. Or is the "cue" that I should not buy an inferior brand like the Chinaman did and buy an Empire instead?

Aw, screw it. It's racist. It's vulgar. Moving on.