When we remodeled our Victorian, we uncovered loads of catalogs and other paraphenalia from 1890 that had been stuffed in the walls. Including a Victorian bartender’s guide. Boy, you don’t want to drink any of those concoctions. they all call for about three cups of sugar, three kinds of hard liquor and angostura bitters.
Lisa Paul: I’ve been told for years (and used it myself on occasion) that it was “tougher in the old days”. Apparently, about some things this is correct. I don’t think I’d care for any of those. It isn’t always a case of “In my day, we walked to and from school, uphill both ways.”
I’ve also seen an ad from the 40s, I think? Featuring a child, a calf, and a rooster, all drawn by either one of the Disney animators or the artist who developed the Elsie the Cow ads, singing “DDT is good for me-e-e!”
(Ad can be seen here. AFAIK, it is not a made up hoax but an authentic old ad).
Kind of gives one pause to think of all the health stories right now where they are talking about certain things being “good” or “bad” for us. Makes you wonder what the ideas will be fifty years hence.
I will say I have known a few people interested in creating ponds on their property who did so with explosives…maybe not dynamite, but explosives still. (Jamie Hyneman: “When in doubt: C4”)