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: .  

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