Re: a Bilboard camp song

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Posted by Jim on August 05, 2001 at 01:55:31:

In Reply to: Re: HELP re: a Bilboard camp song posted by Jim on August 04, 2001 at 23:56:52:

Realizing I'm just lazy, I looked up the references. Here they are:

Lillian Russell - 1861-1922; the "English Ballad Singer"; Broadway debut 1880. Owned Lillian Russell Opera Company. Retired 1912.

Cascaret - a laxative at the time of WW1

Chauncey Mitchell Depew - popular Republican U.S. Senator from New York from 1899-1911

Sapolio - a tiny portable collapsible boat, less than fifteen feet in length, in which Captain Andrews sailed alone from Atlantic City to Palos, Spain, during the summer of 1892 to commemorate Columbus's journey four hundred years earlier. Andrews became a "nine days" hero in Spain, feted and honored by the government.

Paruna - possibly a type of rye? Named for growing region of Paruna, South Australia? (Only one I couldn't find)

Castoria - a mild prune flavored stomach remedy and laxative for children. Charles H. Fletcher patented it in 1868 and began selling it in 1871. The medicine was heavily promoted on ads and billboards in the late 1800s and early part of the 20th Century, and evidently the paint used for the ads was of a very high grade, because several ads survive to this day all over New York City.

So this dates the song at the turn of the century, maybe just around WW1.

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