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Strange Red Cow: and Other Curious Classified Ads from the Past

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Came to my plantation, in Springfield township, Philadelphia county, near Flour-town, the 26th of March 1776, A STRANGE RED COW. The owner may have her again, on proving his property, and paying charges. PHILIP MILLER. --May 1, 1776, "The Pennsylvania Gazette" To sift through classifieds from any era is to uncover the practical needs or urgent desires of a community during ...more
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Clarkson Potter (first published 2005)
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Katarina
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
With a title like, Strange Red Cow, I expected this book to be funnier than it was. Reading the classified ad the title came from, though, I realized almost instantly it wasn't going to be that kind of book. It's an exploration of classified ads as a view to American History. If you're into Americana, this is probably a fascinating read. I found it very informative, and so I did read the whole thing. Don't get me wrong, some of the ads are a bit funny at times. Others, like the entire chapter of ...more
Christy
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This isn't just a collection of ads themselves, it's tied together with stories from back when the ads were published. It's a fascinating look through early American (and pre-American) history, through the pages of classified ads. Occasionally, the antique ads are juxtaposed with modern ads. People In History: They're Just Like Us.

Interesting things I learned from this book:

-People used to make and wear jewelry made out of hair!
-During the Civil War, there were classified ads posted for lost-a
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Megan
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have to say that I do not look at Craigslist on a regular basis. This isn't, however, out of any avoidance of the topic of classified ads as it is that the ads will draw me in for hours if I don't simply stay away from the site altogether. Newspaper classifieds don't have quite the same draw for me, but then I never got in the habit of reading a newspaper anyway.

This book was certainly an enjoyable way for me to spend a few hours reading. Loosely separated into various topics (the same way you
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Arapahoe Libraries
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Much can be learned about the life and times of a people by viewing classified advertisements in newspapers, both past and present. The title of this book, Strange Red Cow refers to a published notice for a cow that had gone astray in colonial Pennsylvania. From ads posting runaway slaves to the desire for an intimate relationship, the reader catches a glimpse of the seemingly mundane in a way that a history book could not portray or convey. But, such advertisements reveal typical daily needs an ...more
Americanogig
Jul 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Very bad formatting, difficult to read. A few interesting facts that I hadn't known before. All in all, not as revealing as I had hoped. I wouldn't advise against it but neither would I recommend it.
Kcastro
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
For those who love to read the classifieds.
Sara
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fabulous, quick read
Julie
Sep 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Very VERY interesting for those of you who like history - history of what everyday life was like, that is!
Amy
Dec 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book, history
This is a funny little book and an interesting read.
Emese
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Loved these little glimpses into past lives. Very interesting book.
Abraham Ray
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: american-history
weird read about the classified.
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Eric
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
A good bathroom book - you can pick it up, read a few pages, set it down until tomorrow.
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