Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Red Cross Base Burner

Cooperative Foundry Co., Rochester NY
Anita Schorsch.  Images of Childhood.  An Illustrated 
Social History.  Main Street Press Book/Mayflower Books, 1979.

From about 1890.  I guess the ad is supposed to convey the impression that the burner produced a lot of heat!  Note that the cane also left a "red cross" on the baby's bottom.  The ad agency thought of everything in advertising this spanking new stove.  Hard to believe that this kind of content was acceptable, even back then.

The Cooperative Foundry Company operated from 1867 to 1930, and was one of the first American companies in which employees owned stock.

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