Sometimes things just keep getting better. I opened one of my vintage cookbooks this morning and guess what I found folded up neatly inside? A section of a newspaper from May 12, 1941, almost 60 years ago to the day!
So let’s take a look at some of the ads to see if we can discover what was on the minds of the average 1941 citizen:
Here’s an ad that will ruin your appetite:
Apparently back in 1941, people had a lot of excessive ugly hair which was not to be confused with plain ol’ ordinary ugly hair. Because in 1941, everybody’s hair was ugly, that goes without saying. But apparently, it was only the excess ugly hair that they were worried about.
And apparently if you wanted this excessive ugliness eradicated, you had to go to a Gypsy Fortune-Teller/Seance-Conducting Madame where you could get your offending follicles removed scientifically using multiple needle electrolysis on your superfluous (and uncalled for!) hair.
And speaking of ugly hair, here’s an ad for making it look even worse:
Ah! Back in 1941, nothing gave hair that natural healthy glow like Bay Rum, Barbo Compound, and half a pint of water.
The ad says to try the recipe today and see how much younger you will look — assuming you fore go applying it to your hair and just chug it!
And then there’s the enigma of Wartime Trousers:
Heh? This one is a little tricky to figure out. Let’s see . . . there’s a war going on . . . so therefore men’s vests don’t match their pants anymore . . .. so they have to send their vests to the Pants Matching Co. . . so they can make a vest to match their pants which are now called “Wartime Trousers”.
And even though the gentleman in the ad has an abnormally large head, he apparently doesn’t have an abnormally large brain — because if he did, why has he taken off his “War Trousers” when he’s suppose to be sending The Pants Matching Co. his vest?
Well anyway, we are going to have to chalk it all up to “Wartime Trouser Secrets of World War II and move on to:
You People Who Are Sick
Well thank goodness there was at least one Dr. Shane D.C. practicing medicine without a license back in 1941! And not only did this guy somehow get a hold of an X-ray machine, he’s going to diagnose you without asking you a single question! Talk about saving time!
Of course it’s going to cost you one, hard-earned dollar, so you might not want to do it. But wait . . . .what if he throws in a Oscillotonometer heart examination and what if he capitalized HEART EXAMINATION in the newspaper ad? Would it be worth your hard-earned dollar then?
Still no? But what if you suffered from something on the list of symptoms like Deafness or Lumbago or, heaven forbid, Piles? What then?
You mean to say you would have actually walked around town in 1941 wearing an ill-matching Wartime Trouser/vest combination with your ugly excessive, hair sticking out everywhere –drunk as a skunk from ingesting the Barbo hair dye recipe — with extra rum?
OK fine go ahead . . .but I’m telling Madame Stiver on you, so watch out!
Until next time . . . I love you