The front page of the Isle of Wight Observer of 1st May 1869 is all advertisements. These three caught our eye.
MONEY, it is said, will remove mountains. Yes, and Fourpence will purchase at THE ATLANTIC, HIGH STREET, a quart of the best Beer that ever was brewed since Adam was a lad. If you doubt it, send your jugs and be convinced.
ISLE OF WIGHT. A Lady, residing in her own cottage and requiring companionship, offers the comforts of a quiet country home to a married couple, or two ladies, requiring a permanency, on moderate terms. Situation pleasant; close to church and rail. Good garden, pony chaise, pianoforte, &c. References exchanged. Address, B.B., care of Messrs, Copnall and Adams, High Street, Ryde.
GENERAL FUNERAL ESTABLISHMENT, 12, High Street, Ryde
ALFRED PURNELL begs respectfully to inform the Inhabitants of Ryde and its vicinity that he is prepared to undertake any description of FUNERAL, by combining the entire furnishing, including conveyances, at a fixed and moderate scale.
A NOBLEMAN’S OR FIRST-CLASS FUNERAL. A Hearse and two Mourning Coaches, each with a pair of horses, with plumes and velvets to horses, strong inside Shell, lined and ruffled with mattress and pillow, stout Leaden Case, and a superior polished Oak Coffin, use of best Silk Velvet Pall, with silk fittings for superintendent and eight bearers…£21.0
SECOND CLASS. A Hearse and one Mourning Coach, each with pair of horses, plumes and velvets, strong inside Shell, lined and ruffled with mattress and pillow, a stout outside Coffin covered with superfine cloth, richly furnished with gold inscription, use of best Silk Velvet Pall, with silk fittings for superintendent and six bearers…£12.12
THIRD CLASS. Comprising first-class patent Funeral Carriage and pair of horses with plumes and velvets, an extra stout Elm Coffin, lined throughout, covered in fine cloth, nailed and furnished complete, use of Velvet Pall, superintendent and four bearers… £6.6
FOURTH CLASS. Comprising second-class patent Funeral Carriage and pair of horses, strong Elm Coffin, lined throughout, covered with black, nailed and furnished, use of Velvet Pall, superintendent and four bearers…£4.4
Orders undertaken in any part of the Island, on the same moderate terms.