The Ladies’ Home Journal Endorses Beer as Opposed to Patent Medicines
08 December 2013
“A mother who would hold up her hands in holy horror at the thought of her child drinking a glass of beer, which contains from two to five per cent of alcohol, gives to that child with her own hands a patent medicine that contains from seventeen to forty-four per cent of alcohol.”
I like this advertisement for the ‘King of Bottled Beers’ with an endorsement from The Ladies’ Home Journal for beer over patent medicines. The advertisement appeared in the Chicago Daily Tribune on May 4, 1904. This was not a good time for quack medicines with the impending Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.
Ladies’ Home Journal first appeared on February 16, 1883, and eventually became one of the leading women’s magazines of the 20th century. The Journal arose from a popular single-page supplement in the American magazine Tribune and Farmer titled Women at Home written by Louisa Knapp Curtis, wife of the magazine’s publisher Cyrus H. K. Curtis. Knapp continued as editor until she was succeeded by Edward William Bok in 1889.