Friday, June 25, 2010
Personal - Wicked lady in Palmer-House elevator: "Where, sir, is the Ingersoll floor, please?" "Down in the lower basement, I presume, madame." An Egyptian [war?] look caused me to comprehend that she wanted the "entre sol" floor, first above the street and below my elegant suite on the parlor floor, where I am always pleased to have ladies consult me on everything related to physical and artistic beauty. I challenge America or Europe to present one who has made a more earnest and successful study of those methods and arts which develop and beautify the physical of women; to display as many new inventions and discovers, marvelous experiments, or thoroughly beneficial results.Whew!! This guy could do anything!! Hair, face, skin, bust...you want it done, De La Banta could do it for you. I mean, he's capable of doing things that no one can even do today! I wonder what happened to his secrets? Why can we no longer buy Tiger Lilly and Bernhardt Beautifier? (Possibly named for Sarah Bernhardt?) Such a sad loss to the world of beauty products!
Seriously, though, this ad is not entirely unique. People sold quack products all the time that were going to make you prettier, thinner, or have smaller feet. But this is soooo long! I can't believe this guy is for real...but how did he afford what must have been an incredibly expensive ad? Plus, and most fascinating, is the opener: "Wicked lady in Palmer-House elevator." WTF does that mean?? Is he reaching out to "wicked" ladies? That's...bizarre.
I dunno. Thoughts? I can't write anymore. That took way too long to transcribe.
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