Respectful Insolence

I poured a death potion for my sick baby!

I love these old ads. Remember, keep fresh batteries in your house or you might poison your baby!

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The tag line sounds almost like the reaction of an antivaccination loon to the polio vaccine.

Comments

  1. #1 Rich Reynolds
    June 29, 2007

    Is Eveready even around anymore?

    The “warning” that the ad presents isn’t all that goofy.

    It’s just that no one uses a flashlight anymore, do they?

    (That’s maybe why Eveready is no longer extant.)

    RR

  2. #2 Warren
    June 29, 2007

    What kind of idiot keeps toxic cleaning products in the frackin’ medicine chest?

  3. #3 Rugosa
    June 29, 2007

    She didn’t know how to change a fuse? That’s taking frail femininity a little too far.

  4. #4 Clark Bartram
    June 29, 2007

    Warren,

    It was probably for wound care not for cleaning the kitchen counters. However, the cough syrup used back then was probably an opiate (or whiskey) which could have caused respiratory suppression which on top of pertussis could have killed the kid.

  5. #5 Evan
    June 29, 2007

    Remarkable that they give her address in the ad. The times, they have changed.

  6. #6 Renee
    June 29, 2007

    Yes, Eveready still exists, they make the Energizer batteries, well promoted by the Energizer Bunny.

    History of company: http://www.energizer.com/company/companyhistory.asp

    Those old ads are mighty alarmist, tragedy around every corner. Probably why my grandmother worried so much.

  7. #7 Tony P
    June 29, 2007

    Carbon batteries? How quaint. Now we have batteries that explode or catch fire. Talk about energy density.

  8. #8 Justin Moretti
    June 30, 2007

    You don’t need bad light to dish out the wrong stuff. I once saw a kid whose mother was feeding him terfenadine (nondrowsy antihistamine) syrup for his asthma. Without result, and with potentially toxic (cardiac arrhythmia) side effects.

    And I innocently said “What’re you using telfast syrup for? I’d have the kid on a Bricanyl inhaler.”

    Whoashit… Terfenadine. Terbutaline. I’m sure she could see the look of dismay on my face as the mental gears clicked.

    And I said “I think there’s been a bit of a mistake made here.”

    Sometimes trade names are best! And yes, she was indeed feeding a poisonous dose to her ‘baby’! (Fortunately without consequence.)

  9. #9 Ms. Clark
    July 1, 2007

    Collectors of old bottles know that poison bottles used to have bumps all over them so that if you grabbed one in the dark you’d know it from a medicine bottle.
    http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/historyfiction/artifact.aspx?id=cbg

  10. #10 Ginger Yellow
    July 2, 2007

    Yeah, it was the address that threw me most. These days you’d probably have a pitchfork bearing mob descend on this potential child killer’s home.

  11. #11 chris
    July 2, 2007

    Yeah, it was the address that threw me most. These days you’d probably have a pitchfork bearing mob descend on this potential child killer’s home.

    Presumably, though, she thinks it’s OK to teach creationism in public schools, so then Dembski would come along and blather on about how she’s being persecuted for her beliefs.

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