Poison. To be applied night and morning.

I have some wonderful pictures to share with you today thanks to collector Rex Barber from Perth, Western Australia, who owns several hundred 18th – 20th century proprietary remedy lids. Rex has exhibited his...

Anti-Stiff – strengthens the muscles

  Anti-Stiff – a name contrary to the philosophy of today’s email spammers – appears to have been a boon to the athletes of the 1890s. It was a muscle rub intended to ward off...

To Short Persons

TO SHORT PERSONS.——Anyone (Male or Female) wishing to increase in Height and Symmetry of Figure, by means of a remarkable physiological discovery, may send a stamped directed envelope to Captain F. STAFFORD (U.S.). 1,...

Tuna – a vegetable compound

There's often something a bit fishy about patent remedies, but this one appeared before the advent of canned tuna and, for the average non-sea-going punter, the name did not have the piscatorial associations it...

Gamjee’s Oriental Salve

During the next couple of weeks I'm featuring some of the ads that have slipped through the net - either I can't find out much about them, or I've already written about something similar. The...

Barrett’s Mandrake Embrocation

BARRETT’S Mandrake EMBROCATION CURES {HEADACHE! EARACHE! TOOTHACHE!} INSTANTLY. Unequalled for Sprains, Bruises, Overstraining of the Muscles, Cramp, Rheumatism, Sciatica, Lumbago, Gout, Neuralgia,...

Allcock's Porous Plasters

Source: The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, Sat 26 January 1895. To view this rather fine-looking gentleman in full technicolour glory, click this ad from the National Archives. Allcock's Plasters had their origins in an...

Bailey's Light Spinal Stays and Invisible Crutches

Source: The Era (London)  Sunday 23 October 1853 Bailey was a respectable supplier of  "every description of Anatomical, Dissecting, Amputating and Post-Mortem instruments" as well as trusses, support stockings, ear trumpets, railway conveniences (male and...