Booklet with paper cover. Front cover has a chromolithograph of nine infants arranged in a circle around the title "Baby / is / King." Back cover has a chromolithograph of four infants in a large basket, with caption "The Texas Quadruplets / (see third page of cover)." Printed at bottom on back cover: "COPYRIGHT, 1890. BY DONALDSON BROTHERS, N.Y." The eight-page booklet contains poems about babies, and advertisements and testimonials for Lacto-Preparata, "a prepared human milk," and Carnick's Soluble Food, "a perfect Food for infants from six months to fifteen months of age..." The poem titles are: "Baby is King," "This Baby of Ours," "Weighing the Baby," and "High-Priced Humanity."
(Keywords: Infant, Childhood)
|Acquisition||Gift of Virginia (Pardee) Cutting|
|Ownership and History||At the time this booklet was printed, parents had legitimate concerns about the safety of cow's milk, as bacterial contamination of milk was a common cause of illness in infants. Reed & Carnick, the company that produced this booklet, used these concerns to advertise its products. They state "Lacto-Preparata and Carnick's Soluble Food are sterilized; which means that all the germs that produce cholera infantum and many other diseases are destroyed during the process of manufacture."|
Childhood & youth
|Lexicon Sub-category||Advertising Medium|
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