You might already know that most of the clothing advertisements in late 19th Century newspapers did not display many illustrations. And so it was in the Wednesday January 15 1896 issue of the Valley Spirit from Chambersburg, PA–the clothing advertisements were text only.
The Battle Ax Plug Tobacco advertisement was another story. It featured a smiling carriage pusher wearing exuberant mutton-sleeves, the fullest-skirt-ever, and a veiled & be-ribboned hat. FASHION!