Despite having an unfortunate moniker, Dr. Swett's product sold from circa 1845 to 1959.
Read the whole story here.
The trademark is now officially dead and unclaimed, if any entrepreneurial WUvie wants to start the business back up.
The full story is here.
But, in short: amateur lyrics put to music for money by studio musician hacks.
Not all poems benefit by being set to music.
Seven thousand crisply scanned vintage ads, of varying degrees of weirdness, all nicely categorized? Prepare to spend hours here!
Duke University Ad*Access
Not quite a century ago, apparently enough Boy Scouts indulged in fur trapping that a big fur company felt compelled to advertise to them.
What would PETA say if the Scouts did that today?
Wait a minute... They still kinda do!
From Boys' Life
for February 1919.
Yesterday I went to eBay and searched on the string "vintage photo." I got 417,368 hits. The first item in that catalog is reproduced above. So many of the subsequent ones
were almost as bizarre.
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