Do TV producers make their money in producing?
In both cases, the answer is no! Like the broadcast media of today, Newbery made his great fortune in advertising - for he had another product:
Doctor James' Fever Powder! Which sounds utterly awesome by the way, to the extent that you can almost imagine it as a powder designed to cause fever. What a horrible idea, Doctor James. Shame on you!
Anyway, Newbery's masterstroke that set him above the other quacks was one of the first instances of those two 'evils': a) product placement, and b) advertising to children. Check out this passage from Goody Two-Shoes:
"Care and Discontent shortened the Days of Little Margery's Father.--He was forced from his Family, and seized with a violent Fever in a Place where Dr.James's Powder was not to be had, and where he died miserably"
Hmm, what a truly wonderful powder this must be! I wonder I might find it? And then, at the end of the book:
By the KING'S Royal Patent,
Are Sold by J. NEWBERY, at the Bible and Sun in St. Paul's Church-Yard.
|1.||Dr. James's Powders for Fevers, the Small-Pox, Measles, Colds, &c. 2s. 6d.|
I guess there are two ways to look at this. One is exploiting and terrifying children at their most impressionable (in the midst of an educative book) for personal gain.
The other is to see it as a necessary 'tax', without which this otherwise morally-enriching and popular text might have never seen daylight. Which is true?
I don't know. But the debate's resurfacing!