THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME

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 Some eye-catching advertisements from a stack of

old Asheville newspapers I happened across.

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turtle

N.C. Citizen: 1879

We’ve always been foodies.

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cornwhiskey

N.C. Citizen: 1879

Oh how we love our spirits…even if we don’t have a “stomachic.”

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artesianwells

Asheville Advance, October 20, 1886

Water seems to always be an issue.

And look…”wind-mills!” Sustainable energy source pre-solar panels.

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Looks like Asheville may have struggled with drawing quality entertainment to town.

Not exactly sure how to take this:

onlyshow

The Register. March 31, 1894

Their big claim to fame: “the ONLY show coming this year.”

Perhaps Colonel Hall is saying he’s in too high demand to come back through town. Even so, not the best word choice.

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Before we had an abundance of acupuncture, homeopathy, and massage clinics

we had Walker Hill: Medicine Man. To be precise, the men had Walker Hill.

The ladies had Mrs. Walker Hill: Medicine Woman.

walkerhill

State Register. May 21, 1897

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Too much turtle soup and corn whiskey causing a toothache?

dentists

Asheville Daily Advance. March 26, 1887

Judging from the pictures, I would definitely go with Dr. Reevs. No question.

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No medicine man, medicine woman, or dentist can save us from the inevitable.

On the upside: custom coffins made in just six hours’ notice!

coffins

N.C. Citizen. Dec. 4, 1879

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posted by Lyme Kedic

3 thoughts on “THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME

  1. Bob Benites says:

    A really entertaining post. I guess we can always find absurdity
    and humor in how people advertise!

    I too would go with Dr. Reeves! But I’m not completely sure about how
    Mr. Lynch could be absolutely sure about whether a user of his product
    would be “satisfied.”

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