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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 comments on “THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME

  1. lpw101
    April 18, 2015

    You all have done it again. Great post! I’d go with Dr. Reeves too.

  2. Bob Brunk
    April 19, 2015

    I was surprised that Asheville had telephones in 1879!Bob Brunk

  3. Bob Benites
    April 20, 2015

    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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