Paul Gage’s Tonic Antiphlegmatic Elixir

Source: The Liverpool Mercury, 30 December 1851 . Phlegm is generally white, greyish, or of a yellow colour, with streaks of black; its consistency varies from the limpidity of water to the thickness of jelly. This vivid description is from Parisian chemist Paul Gage’s Treatise on the Effect and Disorders …

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Dr Velpeau’s Magnetic Love Powders

WANTED! An industrious and strictly honest man in each County in the State to take orders by samples for Velpeau’s Magnetic Agents. Salary first year $800, and small commission, payable monthly. For full particulars address Dr. M. Velpeau, 422½ Broadway, N. Y., sending stamp. Source: The Sauk County Standard, (Baraboo, Wisconsin) …

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McMunn’s Elixir of Opium

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4870668/McMunn.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Source: Western Journal of Medicine and Surgery (Louisville, KY), July 1855 Click here for Transcript There are no prizes for guessing what was in this. First formulated in the mid 1830s by Dr John B McMunn (or M’Munn), it became a big hit …

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Ludlam's Electric Rubber

Source: The Medical Directory for Scotland, 1853 (click to enlarge ad or see transcript below.) This product was reviewed by The London Lancet, (vol.1 1851) which heartily endorsed it as a way of creating rapid and healthy circulation of the blood on the surface after bathing. “Rubber” here means something …

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Pure and Healthy Leeches

Pure   and   Healthy   Leeches.—Potter and HAILEY beg to assure the Profession, Druggists, &c., that the Leeches they offer are such as can be recommended for Purity, Health, and Readiness of Biting. POTTER AND HAILEY, Importers of Leeches and Turkey Sponge, Herbalists, &c., 66, Farringdon-market, London. Source: The …

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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 female), water beds and chest expanders. His adverts appeared in distinguished publications such as the …

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Bell's Anti-Prandium

Image: Daguerreotype of the Duke of Wellington in 1844 Cashing in on the Duke of Wellington’s death in order to sell fart pills quite frankly seems a bit distasteful to me:            VERBUM SAT.—Our Immortal Wellington            clearly died from an attack of Indigestion. All who suffer from Dyspepsia, Indigestion, Cardialgia, …

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Tricosian Powder, Huile de Cachmere, etc.

As someone with a “countenance of moderate pretensions,” I can see the allure of some of these products …                                         TRICOSIAN POWDER.    For rendering Red or Grey Hair and Whiskers a beautiful                                    Black or Brown. THIS POWDER, which is a very curious dis- covery in Chemistry, will …

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Crinilene

                   Image: Whiskerandos, by John Leech, 1854. Courtesy of the John Leech Sketch Archives from Punch               LUXURIANT HAIR, WHISKERS, EYEBROWS, &c.      THE   TESTIMONIALS   daily   received   by   Miss   DEAN establish  the  fact   that   CRINILENE  is  the  only  preparation  that can be perfectly relied upon in  producing  those  acknowledged  orna- …

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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 born in Warsaw in about 1820 but probably spent some time in London before settling …

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