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Using poetry to sell hardware in Duluth, 1897

As part of my continuing series digging through the archives of the Internet, I came across the following in the January 30, 1897, edition of The Labor World, a weekly newspaper published in Duluth, MN. The Labor World (which is still around) sought not only to organize the working class within the “Twin Harbors” area of Duluth and Superior, WI, but also reported on local issues. Although I intend to write about its coverage of Eugene V. Debs’ frequent visits to the major port city, I found the following pretty funny.

“Roasts the Editor” is an ad in the style of those one occasionally stumbles across that purports to be a Special Report by the magazine’s Dentists Hate Him! expert. Maybe more hardware stone companies should follow Mr. “James Wouldbe Riley’s” example.

This post was written by Joshua P. Preston and originally published on A Prairie Populist. Follow Joshua on Twitter: @JPPreston.

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