Gold dust? Really? This is one of the miscellaneous expenses listed by my great grandfather in 1913. Right there on the second line, between the lumber and the cotton, purchased on June 7 for $18 from James Smith.
Well a little research quickly revealed that in 1913, gold dust was a popular cleaner and water softening agent. The advertising for Gold Dust featured “the Gold Dust twins,” stating, “Let the Gold Dust twins do your work” in the same vein as today’s Mr. Clean, etc. However, the ads show a pair of black twins, named Goldie and Dustie, performing various antics. Gold dust was a leader in brand-driven advertising, and many of the ads are available online. Personally I find them in bad taste so I’m not posting any links to them.
I also came across a song entitled “Gold Dust” from 1913 – have a listen.
So Clarence Duck wasn’t, afterall, picking up a bag of gold along with his dry goods.