Very largely just now

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It sounds a little bit like immigrant English, but the Cotrell and Leonard families had been in Albany for some time when this ad ran in 1891 advertising that “We are selling hats and mackintoshes very largely just now.” For those who don’t know, a mackintosh is a rubberized waterproof raincoat.

“The man in the mack / said we gotta go back / you know he didn’t even give us a chance.”

Christ, you know it ain’t easy.

Want to know more about Cotrell & Leonard — such as how they basically created the academic gown system in the United States? Check it out at All Over Albany.

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