People Who Live in Glass Houses (Sep, 1936)

Did they give this picture to an intern and say “Here, you have five minutes, write something!”? Because a quarter of the “article” is composed of the owner’s name and genealogy and the headline is just the first half of a proverb that has nothing to do with the piece.

Or maybe the Pinkham’s of Swamscott, Mass were notorious hypocrites, and an editor at Mechanics and Handicraft had been spurned by good old Lydia when she married that Gove bastard…

People Who Live in Glass Houses

Homes, with walls mostly of glass, are products of the new trend throughout the United States, and now, Miss Lydia Pinkham Gove, 48-year-old granddaughter of the late Lydia E. Pinkham, is building one in Swampscott, Mass., at a cost estimated between $20,000 and $25,000. (See sketch at the left.)

  1. Stephen says: February 19, 20136:00 am

    Old Lydia Pinkham made her fortune from her famous Vegetable Compound. This was dissolved in alcohol, so it’s no wonder it made the ladies feel better – and during Prohibition it wasn’t forbidden, making it even more popular as a “tonic”. Some extremely ribald songs were invented about the effects of Vegetable Compound. You can read more on the Wikipedia:…

  2. Charlene says: February 19, 201311:33 am

    A 36-proof tonic at that, but it was intended primarily to treat menstrual cramps. We now know that a single drink of alcohol can help mild cramps (something to do with prostaglandins, I suspect) but that over time the liver damage caused by heavy drinking can make menstrual cramps much more painful.

    There’s no proof that any of the other ingredients had any effect, but at least they were harmless – unlike a lot of other patent medicines. This one at least didn’t contain cocaine or opiates!

  3. Toronto says: February 19, 20135:11 pm

    Oh, great. Now I have the Irish Rovers version of the song about her going through my head.

  4. ladykatey says: March 7, 20138:45 pm

    If anyone’s found a location of this, I’d be glad to go take a picture of it today (if it still stands), as I live in the next town over!

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