First up is a submission from Peter:
Here's the best thing I ever found in a book: an ad, dated ca. 1893, for "Tundum - The Wonder of the Age," an anaesthetic for tooth extractions. I found it in a trove of old books that came to my father (later to me) after the death of a relative in central Georgia. Most of the books are glorifications of the Confederacy like Thomas Nelson Page, _Two Little Confederates_ (New York: Scribners: 1905)--pretty distasteful stuff. But I think I probably found it in a torn up and fragmentary copy of Andrews' Latin Dictionary. Since I was so amused by it my parents had it framed; and that explains the discoloration.
I used to think that the substance was probably cocaine, but I understand that cocaine was injected when used in dentistry. Thomas D. Luke, Anaesthesia in Dental Surgery, 2nd ed. (1906) reports that certain volatile compounds were applied directly to the gums as a "refrigerating agent."Thanks Peter.
Next up is Rose, who found this gem in a copy of "The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats"
If you closely, you can read the inscription:
31st Annual New York City High School Poetry ContestPasted in is a newspaper article about the contest.
Fourth Prize - Peggy S???
Louis R ???? Chairman
Thanks Rose and Peter - and if any of you have something to share, drop me a line.
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