Swaim's Panacea – part 2

For part 1 about Swaim's Panacea, click here. Within a few years of establishing his products, William Swaim was enjoying the benefits of endorsements from some of Philadelphia's most eminent physicians, including Nathaniel Chapman, William...

Swaim's Panacea – part 1

SWAIM'S PANACEA.—This Medicine has acquired a very extensive and established celebrity in Europe and America, and its virtues are known and acknowledged by many of the most respectable physicians of both countries. As an alterative, and in various...

Dr Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People

Here's another big-business remedy, this time originating in Canada. "Dr Williams" was a brand name, and the pills were manufactured by George T. Fulford of Brockville, Ontario. Born in 1852, Fulford went into the patent medicine...

Hood's Sarsaparilla

Hood's Sarsaparilla was big business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - you can get an idea how big from this picture of the Massachusetts laboratory. Adverts for it were everywhere, and...

Monteet's Infallible Medicines

Monteet's Medicines weren't among the more famous of 19th-century remedies. The proprietor, R. Hodgson, advertised them quite heavily in the Northern Echo for a few months in 1880-81, but after that they disappear. There is...

The Vital Regenerator

Balsam of Mecca was a prized substance in Arabian medicine and cosmetics, but it was very difficult to get hold of the real thing in Europe in the 19th century. The true balsam -...