Make-Man Tablets

Do You Want A Vacation? It's Make-Man Tablets You Need. Fifty Cents Worth of Make-Man Tablets Often Do More For A Man or Woman Than a Three Hundred Dollar Vacation. Do you feel played out—nervous, tired,...

The Cordial Balm of Rakasiri – part 2

For part 1 of this article, click here. There's also a transcript of an 1818 Rakasiri advert here. In 1828, a 'nervous young man' who had wasted more than 10l. on the Cordial Balm of...

The Cordial Balm of Rakasiri – part 1

Source: The Morning Chronicle, Saturday 12 December 1818. For transcript, click here. On this site I include anything medical or surgical provided it was advertised, so not all the remedies were considered quackery in their...

Ambition Pills

At first glance I thought this showed pictures of three men, but no - it's the same fellow, transformed from the seedy old roué on the left into a fine specimen of manly vigour,...

The Guttae Vitae, or Vegetable Life Drops

Although no proprietor is shown in the following advertisement, the Vegetable Life Drops were one of several cures touted under the name Dr Walter De Roos. De Roos was an enigmatic character and the name was purported to be an alias...

Walker's Jesuits Drops

Robert Walker obtained the King's Royal Letters Patent for his remedy in 1755, and on his death, surgeon Joseph Wessels took it over. The drops were still around, under the name Wessel's Jesuit Drops...

Self-Adjusting Curative and Electric Belt

                  ELECTRICITY IS LIFE. HEALTH AND MANHOOD RESTORED                 (WITHOUT MEDICINE.) CURE YOURSELF by the PATENT SELF- ADJUSTING CURATIVE AND ELECTRIC BELT. Sufferers from Nervous debility, Painful Dreams Mental and Physical Depression, Palpitation of the Heart, Noises in...

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 -...