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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 3 (July 1, 1933)

Early Days and Primitive Ways

Early Days and Primitive Ways.

From a tattered old copy of the Wellington “Independent,” one of our earliest newspapers, I take two advertisements which are in their way a reflection of the social manners and business customs of the infant town. The advertising columns of those long-ago times are really worth reading just as much as the news, for they give intimate glimpses of the days of our beginnings and enable us to reconstruct pictures of the past. One of the business notices appears to indicate prudent economy in the use of water on the human frame, at any rate in the winter: