1899 Let­ter from The Giant Oxie Com­pany. 19th C Mad­of­fian Scheme

The Giant Oxie Company

Found a

let­ter seek­ing investors circa 1899 Mad­of­fian scheme.

for a rem­edy for the Grippe. This rem­edy, once pur­chased, could then be sold to all com­ers, every­one - every­where -- it was a germ fight­ing remedy.

Noth­ing ven­ture, noth­ing have.

This bit of ephemera came via an ebay auc­tion a cou­ple years ago.

It's hard to buy decent ephemera on ebay these days -- oh the ephemera is there -- but the method of sale annoys me. I used to buy vin­tage paper by the pound or at least the book. Today's auc­tions sell by the piece and many items are merely pieces cut out of mag­a­zines, not the entire pub­li­ca­tion or even PAGE ... but grip­ing out ebay is not my pur­pose here today. No siree, ladies and gen­tle­men, as The Giant Oxie Com­pany so wisely advises:

Let it go.

I am here to offer you an amaz­ing invest­ment opportunity.

Click on the image for a look at the let­ter. Read on for my copy of its con­tents. Yes, it's true. I typed my lit­tle fin­gers to the bone tran­scrib­ing this for you all. Enjoy.




$250,000 Cap­i­tal Backs Up All Our Busi­ness Promises.



Augusta, Maine, Feb­ru­ary 1899

Dear Friend,

Giant Oxie Rem­edy Description

This coun­try is now pass­ing through another siege of --The Grippe - which threat­ens to sur­pass the ter­ri­ble epi­demic of 1891. The months of Jan­u­ary, Feb­ru­ary and March are most favor­able for the spread­ing of this con­ta­gious, germ dis­ease which leads on to Pneu­mo­nia, Bronchial and Lung trou­bles with dreaded Con­sump­tion. Grippe is often taken for only just a lit­tle cold and with­out proper treat­ment leaves the sys­tem in a hor­ri­ble con­di­tion. We can kill the Grippe germs and save you thereby big doctor’s bills and a long tire­some sickness.

We are open­ing up to you one of the grand­est priv­i­leges ever allowed by a busi­ness firm: a plan whereby valu­able presents may be secured absolutely free and no only this, but at the same time large cash prof­its are made, allow­ing a per­son ready spend­ing money and in addi­tion in con­duct­ing a busi­ness that brings with its pur­suits, com­fort and bless­ing to suf­fer­ing Human­ity. This let­ter is writ­ten espe­cially to you and for you and to no one else, there­fore, we hope you will feel we have taken a per­sonal inter­est in you.

In the past, the priv­i­lege of our Com­pany has been extended to peo­ple with large ready cap­i­tal who were able to pur­chase $50.00 or $100.00 lots at once, but for the hun­dreds who, dur­ing the last month have been unable to gain admis­sion to our crowded com­pany as agents for the Famous Oxien Reme­dies, our Man­ager has made this bona fide offer.

For the next twenty days The Giant Oxie Com­pany will open agency accounts with a few hun­dred friends who send in cash orders with as low as $1.00 to $2.50.

This can be accom­plished with the Step­ping Stone Install­ment Coupons, which we enclose. There is room for only a few more agents in our Com­pany and the 20 days time limit means just what it says. It is the grand­est busi­ness propo­si­tion ever made. This let­ter is writ­ten in the spirit of friend­ship, allow­ing you the priv­i­lege of accept­ing THE ONE busi­ness propo­si­tion of the Cen­tury. We know that you will accept. You can­not help it, for there is noth­ing to risk and every­thing to gain. You know this as well as we do. Don’t you? And you should not lose one hour before send­ing in your coupon order. Don’t lose $245.50 by keep­ing $2.50 in your pocket. Let it go. Noth­ing ven­ture, noth­ing have.

A spe­cial pro­vi­sion for the ben­e­fit of any­one who meets with mis­for­tune or bereave­ment while work­ing for us is that any Reme­dies left on hand at the time may be returned to us and full cash cheer­fully returned to the agent. So not one penny will be lost on the invest­ment and any one who has a spark of pride and wishes to be respected by the com­mu­nity can eas­ily hus­tle around and get as low as $1.00 or more to start on one of the Install­ment Series. Come along with us. You will be pleased and every one who buys the Reme­dies will be more so. There are hun­dreds in your own sec­tion who are only wait­ing for you to call and will thank you to do so. You believe this? Well, we knew it. Look at this plan through and through. You can­not dis­cover one flaw. It is busi­ness from the start. Come along for the days are near at hand we hope you will not give us no for an answer as we have faith in your good judg­ment and firmly believe you will order within two hours from your read­ing of this let­ter, so excel­lent is the offer.

Now, let us see what can be done and believe us always your busi­ness advisers,