Beetham's Corn & Bunion Plaster

 It's interesting that this advert uses the phrase "worth a guinea a box." This slogan was plastered everywhere in the second half of the 19th century, advertising the famous Beecham's Pills. Mr Beetham wasn't necessarily copying his...

Thompson & Capper's Corn and Wart Remover

  Thompson and Capper were homeopathic chemists who, as well as making their own medicines, published books and pamphlets on homeopathy. The company is still going strong today - based in Runcorn, they are a...

Corns, Bunions and Deformed Nails

This chiropodist appears to have been a fine, upstanding member of the community rather than a charlatan – but his advertisement has just enough of the yuk factor to make it worth including. Joel Farbstein was...

Infallible German Corn Plaister

Various proprietory corn plasters were available, and were not greatly different from the treatment you could get from a reputable surgeon. Samuel Cooper, in his The First Lines of the Practice of Surgery (1813) recommended...