Cute kitty pix were pretty much the first thing Americans came up with at the dawn of mass media
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power.
The New England Home Magazine
Date: April 2, 1898, and September 4, 1898
Publisher: Boston Sunday Journal
Discovered at: Whately Antiquarian Book Center, Whately, MA
The Cover Promises: The face of a young beauty is just the finishing touch for your potpourri bowl.
“[A Hawaiian] native cannot be persuaded to argue with a white man. He seems to have an instinctive belief that foreigner is shrewder than himself. … They have no business capacity, lacking the power to direct and control, but are trusty, faithful and apt clerks.”