TIZ Foot Soak Advertisement

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, April 19, 1914:   Was storm staid at church this afternoon. Had on a pair of new shoes and no rubbers, but managed to get home all the same.

Source: Milton Evening Standard (April 2, 1914)
Source: Milton Evening Standard (April 2, 1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:


I hope your shoes weren’t ruined. Do your feet ache from walking home with wet feet? Maybe you’d feel better if you soaked your feet in TIZ.

32 thoughts on “TIZ Foot Soak Advertisement

  1. That is a hilarious advertisement! “weary, shoe-crinkled, aching, burning, corn-pestered, bunion-tortured feet”. But if my toes were to look up at me, I’d be very…..worried!

      1. Thanks for finding this. I bet that Grandma was familiar with this old poem. That would explain why she used the unusual wording in her diary entry.

  2. You & Helena both gave me something amusing to ponder–“storm staid” and this vintage ad! I notice that the proofreaders at the Milton Evening Standard were not on the ball (“daws” instead of “draws”) but whoever wrote the copy certainly had fun. “Tiz” happens to be the nickname of my cat “Tizzy.” So–all in all, great post!

  3. I’m laughing here because the no-nonsense graphic descriptions of what’s going on with your feet to what TIZ will do to cure them… well let’s just say I’m glad I wasn’t eating when I read it!
    Diana xo

    1. My husband still has a pair. Actually I read an article in the Wall Street Journal a few months ago about how some investment banker types still wear them (though I think they called them something like rubber overshoes).

  4. Good Grief, woman sure had foot issues back when. Sounds monstrous, LOL Shoe crinkled, burning, corn festered, bunion torture ! Them are some ugly feet. But have you seen some of the small boots they crammed them into? They look like AAAAA’s so no wonder.

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