In the advertisement to the left (click the photo to enlarge), which appeared in American magazine in 1937, a new bride is coming down with a cold. Her groom wishes she had a laxative and something to "counteract acidity." The cure is offered by a porter, who is black, and speaks thusly: "Pahdon me, fo' overhearin' yo', but Sal Hepatica does BOTH dose things. It's a min'ral salt laxative and it helps Nature counteract acidity, too. Las' trip a doctah tole me." That was a long time ago, you say? Well, think of it this way: 4 out of 9 U.S. Supreme Court Justices were alive when this ad was published. [Modern Mechanix]

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