Wednesday, December 5, 2018

'Rubbering' not allowed

This Christmas advertisement and an accompanying plea from the photographer, B. H. Williams, offer an amusing glimpse into life in Cuba City one hundred years ago.

Advertisement published in the Cuba City News-Herald, December 20, 1918.

As his advertisement indicates, Williams had much to offer potential clients in his photography studio. Unfortunately, he had less control over what was happening outside the studio. The photographer published this announcement one week earlier:
"Children are cautioned against causing a disturbance in front of the photograph gallery or “rubbering” in the windows while patrons are sitting for pictures. Parents are kindly requested to call the attention of their children to this and oblige. B. H. WILLIAMS."


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