When I first saw this vintage real photo advertising postcard, I thought it was inappropriate. I could not imagine why two little girls would be used to advertise a bottle of liquor. After some research, I realized that all wasn’t what it seemed to be. In fact, these two adorable girls were actually advertising a brand of mineral oil. The name  of this brand was Hunyadi Janos. Janos was a military and political leader of the Hungarian military during the 15th century. He fought the Ottomans. The label on the bottle says “bitterquelle” which is a mineral or spring water. The owner of the company that produced the product was Andreas Saxlehner of Budapest, Hungary. The mineral water was advertised as a laxative. It was claimed that the mineral water was for fighting “the evil consequences of indiscretion in diet”.  The product was also promoted as being effective at relieving hemorrhoids. This postcard has a 1905 postmark from Yonne, France. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).   SOLD





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