And our sires grand, great grand and farther back left a lot to be desired in other ways. They were often possesed of opinions with repect to other races, religions, even towards women, that would be unacceptable today.
We have changed for the better in these regards. And since change is a slow process it is not fair to damn our predecessors for their imperfections. Here are a few samples from patent medicine almanacs of the day. Sorry if anyone is offended, I find these items quaint and illustrative, not humorous per se.
Here is another offering from a Hostetters Bitters almanac around the turn of the century:
Another bit of cultural common knowlege back then related to Jews and money. So probably everyone knew what this was all about:
But just in case somebody needed a little less subtle version:
But lest you think the Hostetter Company (and others, my collection contains worse) only slurred blacks and Jews, here they make fun of:
And of women:
New brides were a sub type in the genre:
Drather Sitdown is actually a somewhat clever turn of phrase.
I will finish up this little rogue's gallery with a diptych from an 1880 patent medicine almanac. If you examine it closely you will see all sorts of shenanigans going on!