Wisdom in Fable: Something about Animals
. Pond's Extract . NY ,
PZ8.2.P66 Wis 1906 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a twenty-page pamphlet, including the covers, 6¼ x 5. It includes nine colored illustrations, all full-page. The best clue to its date comes from putting together two statements. The opening page says Your grandmother used Pond's Extract in 1846. Two pages later we learn that Pond's has been recommended for sixty years. A favorite illustration of mine is on 4: we see all the animals suffering from various maladies and bruises. Does that bear have a doughnut-cushion to help him with hemorrhoids? The text facing each page includes upper and lower panels of traditional advertising, between which is a verse piece offering something about animals and Pond's. The closest to a fable comes on 5, where mother bear uses Pond's on her bee-stung young baby bears. The item to avoid, we are told time after time, is witch hazel. Pond's Extract can of course be used both internally and externally, by babies and old folks. The last image is of an extravaganza of animals reading (or writing?) testimonial letters about Pond's. There is a price list for Pond's products on the last page. I enjoy finding ephemera like this!