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Since this post sorta relates to quirky historical advertising, then I've found something of that ilk you'd that I reckon you'd really enjoy. In fact everybody should.
From E.S. Turner's erudite and very urbane book, "The Shocking History Of Advertising" comes the copy for the first ad ever placed by a Monarch in a newspaper - Charles II in the Mercurius Publicus in 1660 (all apparent typos are fully sic).
"We must call upon you again for a Black Dog, between a Greyhound and a Spaniel, no white about him, onely a streak, on his Breast, and Tayl a little bobbed. It is His Majesties own Dog, and doubtless was stoln, for the Dog was not born or bred in England, and would never forsake his Master. Whosoever findes him may acquaint any at Whitehal, for the Dog was better known at Court than those who stole him. Will they never stop robbing His Majesty? Must he not keep a dog? This Dogs place (though better than some may imagine) is the only place which nobody offers to beg."
You can just see a very pissed off Charlie 2 dictating that ad and then going out personally to make sure it's also stuck up on every post or pillar in the vicinity as well.
Posted by Nabakov at April 1, 2005 04:10 AM
Thanks, most enjoyable.
I see it's from Pepys:
And I see one of the learned commnenters there quotes Pope's lines:
"I am his majesty’s dog at kew.
prey tell me sir, whose dog are you?"
Lost of good stuff there in the comments.
I was onley going to say: the typos looke like mine.
Posted by boynton at April 1, 2005 09:42 AM