Tuesday, June 9, 2015

page 19 -- I.L. Cragin & Co., Seven Ages, Dobbins Electric Soap

updated 7 August 2017
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Seven Ages of Man (As You Like It):
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in 
his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the 
nurse's arms. Then, the whining school-boy with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like
snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his 
mistress' eyebrow. Then, a soldier, Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour,
sudden, and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then, the 
justice, In fair round belly, with a good capon lined, With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut, Full of 
wise saws, and modern instances, And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and 
slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side, His youthful hose, well saved, a world 
too wide For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And 
whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness 
and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything." -- William Shakespeare
"At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms"

"the whining school-boy with his satchel And shining morning face"

"the lover, Sighing like furnace"

"a soldier, Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard"
(reverse of card above)

"justice, In fair round belly, with a good capon lined"
"the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side"
"Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything"

The Shaker Manifesto (Google Books) published this ad for Dobbins Electric Soap:



An article of particular interest regarding the efficacy of advertising using Dobbins Electric Soap as an example appeared in Transatlantic Magazine (Google Books):



The manufacturer of Dobbins Electric Soap,  I.L. Cragin & Co. was located at no. 119 South 4th St. in Philadelphia PA.

In July 2007, Google Street View captures
a little bit of the 19th century entering
the block of South 4th St. where
I.L. Cragin & Co. used to be
If the above cards make the whole prospect of life a little trite and somewhat depressing for those of us nearing the end of our time here, the following card, added to the Arnold Collection in November of 2016, may boost your spirits:





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