Tagged: pharmaceuticals

Bad Breasts, 1872

I do love an advert for a Victorian “cure-all”. Here we have Holloway’s Ointment in an advert from 1872. It claims to cure (deep breath) – coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, irregular action of the...

No More Drunkenness, 1909

This is a kind of anti-Rohypnol advert from 1909. It’s a product that you surreptitiously slip into the unaware’s drink in order to sober them up. “No More Drunkenness” is promised with “the Great...

Stale Foot Acid, 1939

It feels like there’s always something new to be body-conscious about. A new zone that hair should be entirely removed from or else some hidden part of the body that now, apparently, should be bleached. Of...

Do You Suffer from Exhaustipation, 1954

Oh, I can’t resist the many ways constipation and laxatives were referenced in advertising. It was apparently a big problem in the early half of the twentieth century – although this doesn’t really tally...