~ The Nervous Housewife, by Abraham Myerson, M.D., 1920via Internet Archive

~ The Nervous Housewife, by Abraham Myerson, M.D., 1920
via Internet Archive

~ Home Secrets, published by Pabst Brewing Co., 1898
via Duke University Library

~ Home Secrets, published by Pabst Brewing Co., 1898
via Duke University Library

~ “Little Lessons for Little Ladies,” Harper’s Weekly Magazine, August 1851
via The Library Company of Philadelphia
“FAN-NY FAL-LAL, al-though she was not rich, nor a per-son of rank, was a ve-ry fine La-dy. She would pass all her time read-ing nov-els and work-ing cro-chet, but would neg-lect her house-hold du-ties; so her hus-band, who was a ve-ry nice man, and fond of a very nice din-ner, be-came a mem-ber of a Club, and used to stop out ve-ry late at night, which led to ma-ny quar-rels. How fool-ish it was of FAN-NY to neg-lect her house-hold du-ties and not to make her AL-BERT hap-py at home.”

~ “Little Lessons for Little Ladies,” Harper’s Weekly Magazine, August 1851
via The Library Company of Philadelphia

FAN-NY FAL-LAL, al-though she was not rich, nor a per-son of rank, was a ve-ry fine La-dy. She would pass all her time read-ing nov-els and work-ing cro-chet, but would neg-lect her house-hold du-ties; so her hus-band, who was a ve-ry nice man, and fond of a very nice din-ner, be-came a mem-ber of a Club, and used to stop out ve-ry late at night, which led to ma-ny quar-rels. How fool-ish it was of FAN-NY to neg-lect her house-hold du-ties and not to make her AL-BERT hap-py at home.

~ McCall’s Magazine, 1905
via Digital Changeling”Rough on Rats" was a rat poison made almost entirely of arsenic. In addition to supplying homes with decorative lithographs as stated in this ad, the brand also inspired popular poetry:Ate up all the Rough-On-RatsWillie and three other brats,
Ate up all the Rough-On-Rats,
Papa said, when Mama cried,
“Don’t worry, dear, they’ll die outside.”
        ~Anonymous
and in 1882 the manufacturer of Rough on Rats published an entire song with a catchy little chorus. (The sheet music can be seen at Library of Congress).
“R-r-rats! Rats! Rough on Rats;
Hang your dogs and drown your cats; 
We give a plan for ev-ery man 
To clean his home with Rough on Rats”
- more info at The Virtual Dime Museum

~ McCall’s Magazine, 1905
via Digital Changeling

Rough on Rats" was a rat poison made almost entirely of arsenic. In addition to supplying homes with decorative lithographs as stated in this ad, the brand also inspired popular poetry:

Ate up all the Rough-On-Rats
Willie and three other brats,
Ate up all the Rough-On-Rats,
Papa said, when Mama cried,
“Don’t worry, dear, they’ll die outside.”
~Anonymous


and in 1882 the manufacturer of Rough on Rats published an entire song with a catchy little chorus. (The sheet music can be seen at Library of Congress).

R-r-rats! Rats! Rough on Rats;
Hang your dogs and drown your cats;
We give a plan for ev-ery man
To clean his home with Rough on Rats


- more info at The Virtual Dime Museum

“But if you are a city flat dweller, be sure to give very little meat to your pet who is housed more than she should be, despite your best endeavors to the contrary. A meat diet will bring on fits and you will see poor pussy deliriously whizzing through the rooms, running in circles and hiding in terror under the furniture. Once such fit should be a warning to you, a warning never to be forgotten. It means that her diet must be lightened.”

~ McCall’s Magazine, 1905
via Digital Changeling
(click to enlarge)

But if you are a city flat dweller, be sure to give very little meat to your pet who is housed more than she should be, despite your best endeavors to the contrary. A meat diet will bring on fits and you will see poor pussy deliriously whizzing through the rooms, running in circles and hiding in terror under the furniture. Once such fit should be a warning to you, a warning never to be forgotten. It means that her diet must be lightened.”

~ McCall’s Magazine, 1905
via Digital Changeling (click to enlarge)