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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 75 years ago

Excitement was building for what was expected to be the biggest parade in at least a decade, the 1935 Halloween Parade.

A total of 130 units were entered in the parade, including: 53 floats, 21 costumed marching groups, six bands, seven drum-and-bugle corps, 24 uniformed drill teams, seven orchestras and “12 miscellaneous stunts.”

The only worry: “There will be nearly as many people participating in the parade as there will be spectators.” One band alone was expected to have 100 members.

From the ad columns: Here’s a 1935 ad that caught our eye, headlined “What She Told Worn-Out Husband.”

It showed a young wife whispering to her sad, tired husband.

“She could have reproached him for his fits of temper – his ‘all-in’ complaints,” said the copy. “But wisely, she saw in his frequent colds, his ‘fagged-out,’ ‘on-edge’ condition, the very trouble she herself had whipped.”

The trouble? Constipation.

After taking Nature’s Remedy, the all-vegetable laxative and corrective, he became “alert, peppy and cheerful.”

The product’s slogan: “NR To-Night, Tomorrow Alright.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1929: Wall Street crashed on “Black Tuesday,” heralding the beginning of America’s Great Depression.

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