New England Condensed Mince Meat Fairy’s Pie

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Chicago: T. E. Dougherty. 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. c. 1890. Rare Pie shaped ephemera with illustrations by Shober & Carqueville, Chicago. By the end of the nineteenth century, childhood had attained a very special status. It was glorified by adults as the best time in a person’s life, and children were thought of as innately innocent and full of goodness. Advertisers took advantage of these beliefs by using fair-skinned youngsters to promote products. Chock full of stunning colorful illustrations, T. E. Dougherty of Chicago took this tact with this piece of ephemera – “DON’T FOOL THE BOYS” They say that pie is bad for me-That is my mother does; And father thinks he must agree To save himself a fuss. But I am onto their small game-I learned it from the elves-I think it is a fearful shame-They want it all themselves!” Pristine condition. Orig. color illustrated die-cut boards. Fine. Cards.