Museum logo

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Object Name Booklet
Date 1890 copyright
Description 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."
Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1895
Maker Donaldson Brothers
Material Paper
Subjects Advertisements
Childhood & youth
Lexicon Sub-category Advertising Medium
Catalog Number 37.005.0029
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2015.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.