I came across this rather stunning ad from the Steuben Courier (Bath, NY), January 7, 1863.
The Union army butchered at Fredericksburg? No problem. Shop at Perines!
The administration and war effort under siege by critics? Well, at least Perines has the “cheapest stock of goods!”
Beset by the nation’s “vale of tears?” No problem. Rush to Perines!
Perine was the preeminent retailer in Bath, NY, through the second half of the 19th century.
If you are looking for a case study in Yankee crassness (I say as a Yankee), this is the mother of all of them.