EARLY NEWSPAPER PRINTED IN DETROIT!
Detroit Daily Advertiser
March 12, 1842
“DEMOCRACY,” a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier is published in full on page two. But, what I find truly fascinating are the several hundred ads and notices including many for alleged cure-alls for every disease from coughs to cancer. I think my favorite ad is the one for baldness that reads, in part: “BALDNESS. A beautiful head of Hair is the grandest ornament belonging to the human frame….In short, not even the loss of property fills the generous thinking youth with that heavy sinking gloom as does the loss of his hair. To avert all these unpleasant circumstances OLDRIDGE’S BALM OF COLUMBIA stops the hair from falling off on the first application, and a few bottles restores it again.” (see scan for complete advertisement)
Four pages, fine condition with just minor foxing. Sure was interesting to read this one! You get a real sense of Detroit in the mid-19th Century, long before it became the “Motor City.” Reasonably priced, too.