- Apr 11, 2001
The Coca-cola thread was so thought-provoking that I have been looking through 1912 newspapers to see what else we would recognize as today's brands. I was startled to see BVD underwear for men- the sleeveless undershirt (called a singlet) had BUTTONS up the front- boxers look the same. Pillsbury and Gold Medal flours were around back then, as well as the "Brownie" camera, Hires Rootbeer( the extract could be bought to make your own at home), Van Camp's pork and beans in a can, and Fels Naptha soap. Grape-Nuts cereal, Cuticura skin products, Karo syrup, Arrow shirts ( for 1 and 2 $!! each) and a Steinway piano could be bought NEW for 100 dollars. I was born too late!