Friday, August 24, 2012

Weird Illig Underwear ad from 1891 Erie, PA

-ad in Erie Daily Times, February 27, 1891.
Another weird Erie ad. This one cracked me up.

"If you are in need of Gents' Fine Scarlet and Natural Wool Medicated Underwear. Call and examine our line. Daniel Illig, 1106 State St. A new line of Mackintoshes and Umbrellas just received."

What the heck are fine scarlet and natural wool medicated underwear?


  1. Debbi, I once read the morgue list of those that perished in the Johnstown flood of 1889 and it gave descriptions of the bodies and clothing. Believe it or not, quite a few people back then wore red (scarlet) underwear and stockings! Dave P.

    1. Hi Dave, I looked through the scans and found four members of my family in Morgue Book C. I can't imagine all the death and destruction that happened as a result of the Johnstown Flood.