Sidelights

Amusing episodes from American history that make a serious point.

Who invented Body Odor?

Personal anxieties could be resolved by the purchase of specific products

Who Was Betty Crocker?

The second most famous woman in America after Eleanor Roosevelt

Why Did Soldiers Make M&Ms A National Institution?

Melting chocolate was not a trivial issue for a soldier who might have to pick up a gun

Why Did WWI Change The Way We Blow Our Noses?

With cotton in short supply, Cellucotton was widely used as a battlefield bandage

What Was America’s Longest Running Radio Show?

In Nashville, an insurance company looked to radio for help to move into a new market

Who Was The Typical American Family?

A panel of judges chose from forty-six families. How representative were these families?

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