Child marketing in the 1890’s

by DRM

Read this ad from a Children’s Home Society in Chicago from the early 1890’s closely. The children would be sent to you for free, on a 90-day trial, the ad proclaims.

The copy spurs an odd sense of displacement: What a different time it was then.

My grandfather was put in a Children’s Home in Little Rock, Arkansas after his mother died. He was four years old. He and his sister were taken in by foster parents who provided a stable home; his sister and foster sister were close for the rest of their lives.

The children were sent out on trains to the families that took them in. Here are some updates that promoted the success of the Children’s Trains.

from Dan McCarthy’s Stream