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The Editor's Horizon
PATENT fact to the most casual observer is that the volume of ad
vertising being placed in this country is increasing with great rapidity. It seems as if there is no limit to the amount of money the business men of this country are willing to spend in order to interest the public in their goods and wares.
To the uninitiated it seems that the sure and short road to unlimited wealth leads through the advertising columns of the public press.
The public is getting the benefit of this great volume of business in more ways than one.
It is coming into a knowledge of where to buy and what the price is in a way that would be impossible without advertising.
It is getting papers and magazines that could not possibly be furnished at the price, were it not for the great amount of money spent by advertisers.
What this amount is no man can tell. The estimates vary so greatly that we are constrained to believe that no can make even a fair guess at it.
Not every man who advertises makes
money. Not every ad that appears produces results.
This may seem a discouraging note to sound at this time when advertising is acknowledged to be the only way to build un a big business. Discouraging as it may seem it is but the truth. Those who should be good judges claim that at least half the money spent in advertising is lost.
We are inclined to think this is true, because more than half the advertising that appears is experimental. The man who experiments with advertising should understand what he must do to succeed.
He must have something the people want, to begin with. Or else, he must have something the people need, and his advertising must be so constructed as to show this need and breed a desire for it. This may not be done with a simple announcement. The first ad for a article will never make a large demand for it no matter how useful or cheap it
Neither will the second nor the third.
Not long ago a man who has built up a great business selling the plain things
ment had got to the point where it did not need advertising to make sales of it. He believed this so thoroughly that he stopped advertising. In a year or two he began to see where he had lost out and began to advertise again. Privately he has said since that that he came very near going to the wall before he gave up; that he must advertise in order to do business. Since that time he has retired on a competence.
The man who starts advertising expecting to fail is very likely to fail. Behind every ad must be a determination to succeed, an energy that is vital, forceful and dominant. It is these things that make for success in advertising. When advertiser
sit down and absolutely believe that his goods are the best of their kind and that he is giving the public good value for its money he has gone more than half way toward success.
It is the continuous advertiser who makes a fortune. It is the one who quits too soon who piles up the great sum that represents the losses of advertising.
that are needed every day enunciated this great truth:
"Most advertising fails because the advertiser gets 'cold feet.'
A good many advertisers quit just about the time things are coming their way." Here is the dictum of a
man who knows what he is talking about. А few years ago he was selling cheap watches by mail and now he does business amounting to millions every year. Don't make the mistake of thinking his success is accidental. He started in with faith in advertising. He had a purpose in view. He kept telling the public what he had to sell, until to-day his name to an ad attracts attention and creates business.
When your hear a man say advertising does not pay, you may set it down that he has had no experience or that he got "cold feet.” The money that is thrown away in advertising is the money of the man who starts out on too large a scale and is obliged to quit, or the one who has not tenacity enough to go on until he wins success by breeding confidence in himself and his goods.
Fortunes have been built up through advertising, but not by the spasmodic kind of advertising that runs
a while and then stops, to start again a little later. Such advertising keeps the public mystified. It does not know whether the business is still going or not.
The advertiser who stops advertising is dead to the public. No business under the sun that has been built up by advertising will ever get big enough to be its own best advertisement and continue to grow after advertising ceases.
Let any of our big mail order house's cease to advertise, stop publishing catalogues, and wait for the public to buy as it has been accustomed to.
Under such a line of action the largest house in the country would be out of business within three years.
One time a manufacturer told the writer that his particular farm imple
Business Outlook Good. That agriculture is on the decline in New England the publishers of the New England Farmer deny most emphatically. They claim that there is a decided and persistent upward tendency in the agricultural conditions of that section such as has not been seen for years. They say (quoting from a recent letter): “The farmers of New England have at last awakened and are adopting all new methods and machinery, purchasing pure-bred stock in largs numbers, and in many other ways showing new life and enterprise which is rapidly bringing this section to the front in the production of agricultural and dairy products. There is no longer talk of abandoned farms, as practically all have gone into the hands of a new and enterprising class of farmers. The
culture all that the change from 30-cent corn to $1 corn means for Western agriculture.”
j farmers of New England are today sete ting out thousands of fruit trees and
purchasing thousands of dollars' worth of pure-bred stock and in many other ways showing enterprise most mendable.''
An equally glowing report comes from the West, and the prospects are that the 1903 crop of wheat, corn and oats will be duplicated. Last year they alone amounted to $1,295,634,675. President F. A. Chamberlain, of the Security Bank of Minnesota, in an authorized statemext is quoted as follows:
"The foundation for prosperity in the West is agriculture. As long as we can continue to raise good crops which
can sell at fair prices we can be sure of prosperity.
"Admitting that this year's crop is as good as last year's, the money value this year will be a handsome increase. As for the manufacturing interests, which are now of large proportions, I know of none that are not on a safe and profitable basis. Our wealth finds profitable employment at home, and I believe that our people have been interested less in so-called stock exchange securities than in any other section of the country.”
A Correction. When American Gardening was purchased by the present owners, special arrangements were made to cover Park News each week and the advisability of combining American Gardening and Park and Cemetery was under consideration,
An advertisement prepared in this office for American Gardening to be inserted in AGRICULTURAL ADVERTISING stated that the lists of Park and Cemetery had been purchased. This, however, proved to be premature, but the corrected proof of the advertisement was not received in time to make the correction before going to press.
The result was an embarrassing situation for all three papers, of which Park and Cemetery was perhaps the most injured.
R. J. Haight, 324 Dearborn St., Chicago, still the publisher, and Park and Cemetery continues to do good work in the line of improvements of parks, cemeteries, schools and other public grounds and home surroundings.
Of conditions in the South, Editor
The Stamp Problem Poe, of the Prairie Farmer, Raleigh Getting rid of surplus stamps is someN. C., writes: "The wave of pros times one of the troublesome problems perity has reached flood tide in the rural of the mail order house. J. A. Everitt, South. Not only are the staple farm the Indianapolis seedsman, claims to crops bringing higher prices than at any have solved the difficulty, and his way time for thirty years past, but the farm is not to get them in the first place.
are using better methods than ever He avoids this, he says, by sending before-are farming more scientifically, with his catalogue a heavy manila endiversifying their crops to a greater ex velope which permits coin enclosures. tent, raising more live stock, and buying Money so sent is at his risk. more and better machinery, implements, As to results, he says: “Out of 40,vehicles and farm and household sup 000 orders sent us, only two losses ocplies. They are reading farm papers curred. By adopting this method we more largely, and are spending more got rid of the stamp nuisance to a large money with farm advertisers than ever extent. Instead of having a great surbefore. The change from 5-cent to 15 plus of stamps on our hands at the end cent cotton means for Southern agri
of our season, as was usual before, we
were obliged to purchase some stamps to mail our seed catalogues."
In its issue of February 10 Printers' Ink published a list containing the names of over four hundred advertising agents in this country. In comment, a later issue says:
“A man who claims to know says that not fifty agencies of the total number named could pay their liabilities and stay in business. He also predicts a number of failures of advertising agencies during 1904. As he expresses it—hell will be to pay.'
the United States found its greatest impetus in this section. The influence of these pioneer breeders and importers of pure bred stock is seen to-day on every hand.
Advanced methods in agriculture found here, their most ardent friends. The mineral wealth has contributed to the prosperity of the farmer. Within the past few years a large percentage of the land owners have sold the coal from under their lands at prices ranging from fifty dollars to one thousand dollars per acre, reserving the surface. Is there a more inviting field for the advertiser than that within a radius of two hundred miles from the junction of the Allegheny and Mononga hela Rivers?
All things come to him who waits—if he is waiting for replies to well-placed advertising.
The man who believes “there is luck in leisure" will have abundant leisure before he has much good luck.
Upper Ohio Valley as an Advertising Field
It has not been many generations since the term “Western” meant beyond the Allegheny Mountains from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and all other Eastern points, writes T. D. Harman, of The National Stoekman and Farmer', in Profit. able Advertising.
After the Revolutionary War, when the original thirteen States began to be thickly populated on the borders of the Atlantic, the more enterprising people began to emigrate to the West. The modes of travel were so crude at this time that a trip of three or four hundred miles west of the Delaware required more heroism and courage than it would to cross the continent to-day.
The result was the settlement of the Upper Ohio Valley with the most courageous, enterprising class of people that ever settled any portion of the United States, The heavily timbered country discouraged the idea of large holding of land. The soil was fertile and rewarded those who were not afraid to work. The shiftless were forced to wander farther west, or return to the places from which they came. This left the garden spot of the American continent in the hands of a most thrifty, industrious, and prosperous people. The influence of these sturdy settlers has been felt in the political, industrial, and commercial upbuilding of our nation. The agricultural and livestock interests of
After Sixty-Five Years
HE other day while killing time
in a second hand book store in
New York we found and purchased a rare volume. It consisted of two volumes of “The Cultivator,'' published in Albany, N. Y., by J. Buel. These two volumes were bound in one and this contained the numbers from March, 1838, to December, 1839, being volumes V and VI of the publication. The reason for making the volume for 1839 end with December was that the volumes might begin with the year.
To do this the two mid-month numbers were published in November and December of this year. The Cultivator was a sixteenpage monthly, each page with three columns, 234 inches wide and 11 inches long.
offers for sale 550 acres of land near Saratoga Springs, on which is situated the Mansion house and "ten mineral springs, the superiority of the waters of which are too well known to require particular description." The Mansion house is described as being “a large, commodious edifice, recently fitted up as a genteel boarding establishment, having sixty feet front.'; In the same ad other lots of land are offered, W. L. F. Warren, “Esq.,' being the advertiser.
W. Thorburn, Market street, corner Maiden Lane," Albany, offers garden seed in a 36-line ad in which he offers imported English seeds as well as American grown.
Reynolds & Bateham, Rochester, use 32 lines for their seed ad in which they offer a 42-page catalogue for the asking.
Ellis & Bosson, Boston, offer seeds and tools and say: “A list of the whole with directions for the culture of imported varieties of seeds and a description of the implements named, is given in a book catalogue of 80 pages, which will be furnished to applicant, gratis.”
Messrs. C. & A. J. Downing offer “genuine Brussa mulberry trees'' in a seven-line ad. This is perhaps the first essay of the late Charles Downing as an advertiser.
Shaker seeds are advertised by Wight & Gibson, “under the American House, Boston,” and Ruggles, Nourse & Mason, Worcester, Mass., offer "seven sizes of their celebrated Long Worked Cast Iron Plough; expanding Cultivator or Horse Hoes; three kinds of Seed Sowers; Hay and Straw Cutters, " and other tools and implements.
Hall, Packard & Cushman, Albany, use four lines to announce their business of bank note engraving and printing; Lemuel Steel & Son, Albany, advertise themselves as paper hangers and promise on "the opening of navigation” to show some imported wall paper, border and fire board covers.
William A. S. North, Duanesburgh, N. Y., offers “the short horn Durham bull, Superior, calved in August, 1831. Superior,'' the ad says, “was got by Frederick, by Wye Comet. His dam was Yellow Rose, by Young Denton, grand dam Arabella, imported.'
This finishes the list of ads in this
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Title Page of Bound Volume V
We have not space to give here a resume of the subjects treated, our purpose being to consider the advertising in the farm papers of those days.
No advertising appears until the last number of volume V, in which there are ten ads which occupy a little more than two columns. One of 56 lines brevier,