Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Peddling liquid peptonoids through The Mars Gazette
About two years ago, I stumbled across several references to The Mars Gazette: News from Another World, an eighteen-page advertising booklet published in the early 1900s by the Arlington Chemical Company, a manufacturer of patent medicines located in Yonkers, New York.
Here’s how Science-Fiction, the Early Years: A Full Description of More Than 3,000 Science-fiction Stories from Earliest Times to the Appearance of the Genre Magazines in 1930 (1990) describes The Mars Gazette:
Camille Flammarion’s two-volume work La planete de Mars rather than to his science-fiction. Internal evidence -- a fairly sophisticated Martian X-ray machine, a Lowellian canal, a reference to a great Marsquake of 17897 (San Francisco, 1907?) suggest that the booklet was issued during the first decade of this century. A very amusing piece of ephemera that deserves to be reproduced.
Now, just last week, a SF&F fan who was cleaning out his attic came across an original copy of The Mars Gazette and was kind enough to send me a couple of scans (click for detail!), which I’ve embedded above. Thank you, Tom!