Weston's Wizard Oil

Weston'sWeston was an entertainer who toured Australia and New Zealand from the 1860s to the 1880s, putting on free two-hour shows featuring jokes, songs and comic tales that incorporated lots of plugs for his products. A NZ correspondent to London’s The Era in August 1872 wrote of Weston as follows:

FRANK WESTON, the Wizard Oil Prince, is here. He is a comical card, possessing a great amount of dry Yankee wit, humour and assurance. His entertainments are free, and it is needless to add that he draws “crowded houses” nightly. The usual style of his public announcements are that “he will dig down and speak a piece.”

Audience members would receive a booklet called Frank Weston’s Australian Companion: A Selection of Valuable Recipes for Cooking, &c., with Much Information about Horses, Cattle, Social, Witty, and Other Important Subjects

As well as the Wizard Oil, Weston manufactured Weston’s Magic Pills and Mexican Mustang Liniment.

The image shown was printed as part of the following advert:

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THE GREAT AMERICAN MEDICINES
     WESTON’S WIZARD OIL
          PRICE HALF A CROWN
  Established in Australia in 1864.
  A   MEDICINE   to  be  taken  in-
ternally,   and  used  externally,  for
all   NERVOUS  DISEASES   and
INFLAMMATORY   ACHES   and
PAINS, composed of the choicest
Aromatic  Herbs,  Healing   Gums,
Balsams, and Vegetable Oils.
    Cures      Rheumatism,     Sci-
atica,        Gout,           Neuralgia,
Cholera,    Spasms,    Headache,
Coughs and Colds, etc,
   WESTON’S   WIZARD   OIL  has
the   power    to   distribute    itself
over   every   part    of    the   body
internally   as   well   as   externally,
curing the  most  inveterate  cases
of     tumors,    ulcers,      scrofula,
diseased   liver,    piles,   swellings,
wounds, etc. etc.
I N T E R N A L   U S E—Weston’s
Wizard   Oil,   as   a   medicine  for
inward  use,  may  be  relied  upon
as a prompt relief for a depressed
vital   action,   and  a  regulator  of
the   disturbed   circulation  of  the
blood,   produced  by  any  cause
whatever.

Source: The Northern Territory Times and Gazette, Saturday 2 May 1885

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