It was a colorful trip down memory lane. In addition to the sewing advertising, I gave examples of other commonly advertised products, such as patent medicine. I must use the term "medicine" very loosely here for as we now know, many of these so-called-medications did nothing to cure maladies and could actually be dangerous! A classic example is these cocaine toothache drops for children that promised an instant cure. It's important to note that back in the 1880s, when these cards were distributed, cocaine was perfectly legal. It was sold over the counter in the U.S. until 1914.
Collecting these colorful ads was a popular Victorian pastime, and a trip to the general store usually brought back one or more of them, which women and children would paste into their scrapbooks—as you can see in this glue ad from the 1880s.
I also shared my antique Victorian scrapbook, which is filled with these wonderful advertising cards.
And here's what the inside looks like...
It was a wonderful day of friendship, fun, and quilting history. I even received a couple nice surprises from some fellow group members. A nice lady named Mary Kay, who follows my blog and knows that I use vintage wooden spools for a multitude of projects, gave me two baggies of them that she found at a sale. Thank you so much, Mary Kay! I guess I'm getting a reputation for being a spool lover! I seem to use them up in no time, so the gift was very much appreciated.
The bag even included some unusual blue spools, which I had never seen before.
And my friend, Merry, brought more of her wonderful farm-fresh brown eggs in addition to a bag full of other goodies. Thank you, Merry!