Family traditions have been important for a long time. A hundred years ago Royal Baking Powder advertised that the “fourth generation” was beginning to use it. It must be up to the 8th or 9th generation by now.
They sure knew how to package Jell-O a hundred years ago. The “Safety Bag” would keep it “as pure and sweet” as the day it was made for years.
I checked the “best used by” date on a package of Jell-O in my cupboard. The date was November 16, 2014. Time flies, and I don’t remember when I bought it, but I don’t think that it was real long ago. In any case, I discarded the package . . . sigh . . . I wish that modern Jell-O would keep for years like the old-time Jell-O in its Safety Bag.
Does anyone seal jelly jars with paraffin anymore? This old Parowax ad reminded me of how much I’ve changed the way I seal jam and jelly jars. I can clearly remember putting wax on the top of jelly jars when I was a young adult – but shifted to using canning lids and water-bath processing years ago.
Hundred-year-old advertisements that pique my interest generally make me smile. This one didn’t.
I found the ad upsetting., and it raised so many questions:
- When did companies first start selling commercial products that were advertised for use as a baby formula?
- What information, other than advertisements, was available to help parents decide how to feed their infants?
- What was the reaction of new mothers and mothers-to-be to this ad?
- What percentage of the women breastfed their babies a hundred-years-ago?
I have no answers, but I just can’t get this advertisement out of my mind – so I decided to post it.
I love old ads. Advertisements in 1916 magazines provide so many insights into foods and food trends a hundred years ago.
Even a hundred years later, this 1916 advertisement works for me. I can’t remember the last time I bought any Coca-Cola but I’m ready to head to the store right now.
Some things haven’t changed over the past hundred years. Both then and now, advertisers seek to engage people with a brand. Ads inform, tell a story, and help create an image.
When I saw this adorable ad for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes I couldn’t quite decide whether I should smile, or feel a twinge of sadness that processed breakfast foods were around a hundred years ago.