Hearty and Vigorous to the Last

I wrote recently on the new Royalty Free Fiction blog about how a handwritten note in a historical source inspired me to write my novel, Kill-Grief. The note was what started me thinking about how many interesting lives (and lives are all interesting, aren’t they?) have passed by without leaving …

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Busy curing a man in America

I have no background to the following newspaper story – I don’t know who the tailor was or even whether he really existed. The newspaper’s purpose in printing the tale is clearly to amuse readers and allow them to congratulate themselves that they aren’t among the supposed gullible masses who would …

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Something to show and scare the people

TAPE WORM Removed ALIVE IN TWO HOURS with HEAD or no charge. (No Fee in Advance.) No fasting. Have cured over 2,000 people of Tape worms with this harmless infallible specific, 50 per cent of which were doctoring for various other diseases, thereby eking out a miserable existence as thousands …

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Salt Regal

THE COMING EPIDEMIC! THE COMING EPIDEMIC!! ———————————- SALT REGAL A PREVENTIVE AND SAFEGUARD!! EXTRACT FROM LONDON PRESS— TELEGRAMS FROM BERLIN AND VIENNA state “that the Epidemic of Influenza, which has been playing such havoc in Russia, has now spread to Germany and Austria, and will shortly make its appearance in …

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Cross's Gout and Rheumatic Pills

This remedy was not widely advertised and I don’t have much information about it, but I like the way the typography is laid out in the original, so have tried to reproduce it as far as possible, within the limitations of WordPress formatting. There will be more from The Western Mail …

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Samaritan Water

The proprietor of this remedy, Thomas Greenough, was better known for his other preparation, the Lozenges of Tolu, which were for coughs and colds. The Samaritan Water, patented in 1779, was not widely advertised, but the lozenges continued to be sold by Greenough’s successor at Ludgate Hill, R. Hayward, during …

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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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Keating's Cough Lozenges

A 1s 1½d tin contained 50 lozenges, and the recommended dose was one or two lozenges at bedtime and up to 10 during the course of the day. The ingredients were morphine, ipecacuanha, extract of licorice, and sugar, held together by tragacanth gum. .      KEATING’S     COUGH        LOZENGES. “94, …

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York Medicinal Soap

 The one and only benefit of this product was that it made guys wash …                                     BY   ROYAL  AUTHORITY GENERAL SAFETY, or YORK MEDI- CINAL  SOAP,   an    infallible    Prevention   against Venereal  Infection;  a  Preparation,  though  simple,  yet  so efficacious,  as  to  render  it  of  the  utmost  importance  to every  one  who  values  Health;  and  …

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Carrington's Life Pills

Carrington’s Life Pills were made principally of capsicum, so they might well have cured your cold — if having your entire head blown off could be said to constitute a cure. The Reverend Caleb Carrington was Vicar of Berkeley from 1799 until his death in May 1837, and his eventful incumbency …

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