Sunday, January 25, 2009

remnant of the past

This ad from early in the 20th century was repainted in the 80s. It appears on the side of a building on Elliot Street.

Thank you all for your comments. I loved hearing your Carter's little liver pill stories!

12 comments:

valeria said...

Interesting advertising method!

Kate said...

You have sharp eyes! I haven't heard the name of that product for decades now.

Tanya said...

I love these old ads on old buildings.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I used to take these and so did my mother. Carters Little Liver Pills came in a small glass jar with a cork stopper and a red label. I used to wander around the alleys in our town and pick up empty bottles out of trash barrels. That was the days long before there was anything called trash collection. People would burn the stuff in their barrels when it was full. This would burn up any trash paper and labels off of cans and leave only the glass and tin cans. Then they would dig a hole and bury it. But only did that once a year or so. I tried to get there and get the little pills bottles before the trash was set on fire.

Babooshka said...

That really is a such an evocative image of past times.

Jilly said...

I remember seeing old ads like this as a child although happily I never had to take any - slightly before my time, I suppose. Love the photo. Interesting that this was repainted. I've never heard of that being done with an advert that is for something not now made - good for whoever did that!

Small City Scenes said...

I wonder if that peoduct still exists. I remember when they had to take the word 'liver' out of the add. Apparently they couldn't prove it actually did anything for the live. so it was just carter's Little Pills. Doesn't sound the same does it. MB

Bill said...

My grandmother use to say things like "she has more ______ than Carter has pills". The blank changed as needed. I always wondered who Carter was, and why he had so many pills!

Lenola Daily Photo said...

I get into this story, could they be the Carter Little Liver Pills? Please tell more about it!

roentarre said...

City structures are very intriguing to me these days and you did the shot very well

slim said...

fyi I just googled "Carter's Little Liver Pills" and see a picture of the interesting container for sale on Ebay.

blue suede shoes said...

Does anyone know what year these little pill bottles were sold?