Sequah – a Victorian Celebrity Quack

Source: The Graphic 11 July 1891 . From the moment of his sudden rise to fame in Portsmouth in 1887, Sequah knew how to win friends and influence people. He built up an almost cult-like following by...

A miraculous change right away quick

Last October I blogged about the Magic Foot Drafts, a remedy for rheumatism that required the patient to stick pine-tar-coated oilcloth plasters to the soles of their feet. This was supposed to draw out...

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...

The Poor Man’s Friend

Source: Trewman's Exeter Flying Post, 20 July 1826 In 2003, the Daily Mail ran a story titled: Beeswax is 'miracle' cure. The article referred to an 18th/19th-century ointment called The Poor Man's Friend, a popular remedy...

The ‘Instra’ Warmer

Source: The Sporting Times, 28 January 1899. Although this product isn't solely medical, its advertising did claim that it could prevent chills, colds, rheumatism and lumbago, and alleviate toothache, neuralgia and sciatica. Whether or not it...

Omega Oil

  The Omega Oil company, which had London and US branches, had its work cut out to get the product noticed among pages of attractive pictorial adverts. But get noticed they did. The constant flow...

Whitehead’s Essence of Mustard

WHITEHEAD'S ESSENCE OF MUSTARD. ----- CHILBLAINS are prevented from breaking, and their tormenting itching instantly removed, by WHITEHEAD's ESSENCE of MUSTARD, universally esteemed for its extraordinary efficacy in Rheumatisms, Palsies, Gouty Affections, and Complaints of the Stomach;...

The Etherial Oil of Mustard for the Gout

Source: London Evening Post, December 27, 1755 The Dr Linden of the advert is Diederick Wessel Linden, a physician from Westphalia who came to Britain in 1747 and settled in Flintshire. Better known for his...

Magic Foot Drafts

RHEUMATISM Cured Through the Feet Without Medicine An external cure so sure that the makers send it FREE ON APPROVAL. Try it. Send your name and address to the makers of Magic Foot Drafts, the great cure for every kind...

Dr Junod's Exhausting Apparatus

Important Notice to the Afflicted ALL Persons suffering from PARALYSIS, SPINAL AFFECTIONS, RHEUMATISM, NEURAL- GIA, ASTHMA, Pain in the Head, or all cases of INFLAM- MATION or CONGESTION, should at once try Mr G. W. Gedney's VACUUM APPARATUS, by...