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Hostess Unafraid, 1934

 

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Vintage Vacuums

My house has been invaded by carpet beetles-how I’m not so sure, but as a museum collections specialist, this is my worst nightmare!

Full sized, adult varied carpet beetle. Yuck!

Full sized, adult varied carpet beetle. Yuck!

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Lipton’s Tea

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Lipton’s Tea had a late start compared to many tea companies like Twinings, starting in 1889 in Glasgow, Scotland.  Many tea companies were well established by this point, thanks to the East India trading company and the demand for tea in the colonies during the late 1700s.  A business man at heart, Thomas Lipton felt tea prices too high, and searched for a better way to stock his own market with low priced, but high quality tea.  He purchased his own tea plantation in Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) in 1890, and successfully marketed his tea throughout England and the United States.  His tea gained popularity so quickly that Queen Victoria knighted him in 1898.

Perhaps it’s not steeped in rich history like Twinings, but it sure does have that underdog American value to it!

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Cadbury

I should have posted this last weekend, but I’m still making my way through my Cadbury eggs I received in my Easter basket, so I thought it would be a perfect ad to post!

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One mop is better than another

Any marketing for an item with the phrase ‘makes your life easier’ is a sure sell to busy families and housewives everywhere.  O-Cedar, a furniture polish, made a jingle that said just that!

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Fairy Lights Burning Bright

The holidays are just around the corner, and everyone is putting up their festive decorations and Christmas trees.  I found this cute little ad for electric lights on Christmas trees, which some companies coined ‘fairy lights.’

GE+Brochure xmas

Image courtesy of George and Bill Nelson, from Bill’s Antique Christmas Light Site.

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