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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 90
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

  "Now, iron a whole washing for only 1" is the headline in the 1934 Southern Planter in the women's section.
   The advertisement says this iron burns 96% on air!
   No greater time, money and labor saving invention ever introduced into homes than the sensational New Diamond Self-Heating Iron!  So economical, the average family ironing can be done at the amazing low cost of 1.  Now, convenience and economy for the housewife without electricity!  It's even better than gas or electricity - at the cost!  Easier to use, too - no wires, tubes or hoses to twist, tangle and get in the way.  Makes and burns its own gas from 96% air and only 4% common kerosene (coal oil).  All the drudgery of old fashioned ironing is banished forever.  No more trotting back and forth between ironing board and hot stove.  Save 2,000 steps every ironing.  Women appreciate its quick, regulated uniform heat.  Always ready.  Actually cuts ironing time in half.  Moreover, the Diamond Iron is exceptionally handsome.  Beautiful new Rosewood heatproof handle.  Latest double point design with new Button Bevel Edge.  All parts heavily plated.  Extra heavy CHROMIUM plate on bottom gives glass-smooth ironing surface that never needs waxing or polishing - will wear indefinitely, and simply cannot rust.  No wonder women are astonished and delighted - don't want to let go of a Diamond Iron once they get it in their hands.  You'll like it too.
   No risk trial!  Send coupon for full description and 30 days' Trial Offer with iron-clad guarantee of satisfaction.  Mail it today!
   Golden opportunity for agents!  Earn up to $25 a day with the new Diamond Self-Heating Iron.  Bruhn (Mont.) has actually made $30 and Hartly (Ohio) made $42 in one day.  Many excellent territories still open but going fast.  Mail coupon today for the details of amazing money-making opportunity.
   The Akron Lamp and Mfg. Co., 253 Iron Street, Akron, Ohio.
   It's one of those ironies - pun intended - that today we have irons that practically get the clothes from the dryer and put them away for us.and our clothes are "wash n' wear" with not much, if any, ironing required.  In 1934, EVERYTHING needed ironing.and their irons were not easy to use at best! 
   Does anyone else remember starch?  Does anyone else remember sprinkling starched clothes?  I never did learn to make completely lump-free starch.and can remember the day I found Spray Starch!!!
   The 1934 Southern Planter offers for sale, "Sixteen Unusual Quilt Patterns" that make my mouth water!  Some of the patterns offered are The Poinsettia, Tennessee Star, Kentucky Posy, Grandmother's Fan, Tulips, Orange Peel, Lantern, Around the World, Basket of Flowers, Sunflower, Katie, Fred, Priscilla Alden and Mountain Peaks.
   Cloverine Salve is back offering this time a 23-piece colored glass dinner set or big cash commission.  Send no money - Send your name and address. Beautiful cherry blossom design-like picture.  Choice of green or pink.  Consists of 4 dinner plates, 4 cups, 4 saucers, 4 nappies, 4 tumblers, 1 covered sugar, 1 creamer and 1 platter.  Just give away 12 beautifully colored Art Pictures FREE with 12 boxes of our famous White Cloverine Salve for cuts, sores, burns, chaps, etc., which you will sell to friends at 25 a box.  Remit $3 collected and select this 23-piece set or choice of other presents in new premium plan book 39th year.  We are fair and square.  Be first for Salve and pictures! Write Wilson Chem. Co., Inc., Dept. 88AA, Tyrone, Pa.
   At the bottom of the page is a little picture of a rabbit and the headline, Raise Rabbits for Us!  WE supply stock and buy what you raise paying you highest prices.  Established 20 Yrs.  Rabbit book catalog and monthly market bulletin showing prices we pay our breeders, 10.  Address Outdoor Enterprise Co., Inc., Box 438, New York City, N.Y.  Please mention The Southern Planter!
   Times surely do not change much!  In every Family Tree, the words, "Please mention The Family Tree when you contact our advertisers" is a permanent feature!

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