Tagged: 1940

Phosferine Tonic, 1940

More of the old pharmaceuticals today. I find these old fashioned remedies fascinating, although it seems they were mostly snake oils to varying degrees. Anything described as a “tonic” is probably not up to...

Mercer’s Meat Stout, 1940

Here’s a curious advert I stumbled across in The British Newspaper Archive – it’s for Mercer’s Meat Stout. “Tastes good, does you good.” Now, I’ve heard of milk stout (Ena Sharples springs to mind),...

Training Fleas, 1940

A letter from an Oslo publication printed in PTO Magazine, 1940. I’ll confess, I’m confused. I thought flea circuses were basically a mime act. And yet this goes into quite some detail on how...

Herschel’s Last Wish, 1940

A lovely clipping about the astronomer Herschel (most famous for his Uranus, of course). This is his supposed last wish on his death-bed, which was in Slough, 1822. All he wanted was to see...