Riding on the City of New Orleans,
Illinois Central, Monday morning rail ...
|Recently I ran across this old Illinois Central dining car menu left|
over from my antique booth.
It's fun to look back on these old menus and see the offerings
What is Pluto Water, you ask? Pluto Water was a trademark for a strongly laxative natural water product. It was very popular in the United States in the early 20th Century. In 1919, it took 450 railroad cars to transport the bottler's output. Pluto water was bottled at the French Lick Springs in French Lick, Indiana. It was advertised "America's Laxative" with the slogan "When Nature Won't, PLUTO
Will". It's namesake was Pluto, the Roman God of the underworld.
The water contained a number of minerals including lithium salts. The sale of the water was halted in 1971 when lithium became a controlled substance.
The water was advertised that the laxative was effective from half an hour to two hours after ingestion. I can't imagine a worse place than a train to drink this water ... well, maybe on a plane.