Early 20th-century postcards celebrating the Fourth of July
. One from 1908 depicts shooting at cats as part of the celebration. Several address fireworks safety, with one "humorously" offering this advice: "How to prevent your boy being killed on the Fourth of July—kill him on the third."
I prefer this cover from the Civil War Harper's Weekly
, July 8, 1865, depicting the spirit of peace transforming the battlefield.
Meanwhile, what's the best perfume to wear on the 4th of July
, considering that no one has yet bottled the combined scent of charcoal, gunpowder
, apple pie
, and ice