Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
“Shakers’ Blood Syrup”, George E. Desbarats & Co., Lithographers; Montreal, Canada. Mount Lebanon, NY, 1884: Paper, ink. This poster was created to advertise a product made by Charles and William Smith of Montreal. Knowing that the name Shaker gave people confidence in the quality of a product, they obtained a trademark to use the Shaker name to sell their medicine. They did so without the Shakers’ permission. Shakers went to court to have the trademark canceled in 1885.
The Shaker Museum
What was in Dr. F. G. Johnson’s French Female Pills and other scientifically untested elixirs, nostrums and other quack cures that were the only medicines available to sick people during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries?
~ The Whittier Register, August 7, 1903
via Whittier Digital Archives
“If you are so fortunate as not to know everything, you will find that the opportunity to know is unlimited.”
Brown’s Iron Bitters - a true tonic. (front) (by Boston Public Library)
~ Accidents, Emergencies, and Illnesses, Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, 1902
via Internet Archive
I seem to have SO many emergencies these days…..
Some old fashioned remedies are the best.
~ American Social Health Association, 1922
via University of Minnesota
“Don’t worry. Lead an active, healthy life and forget about sex matters.”
Words of wisdom.
‘WHISKERS AND MOUSTACHES (TO PROMOTE THEIR GROWTH).’
Invaluable advice to gentlemen,
Bow Bells, 1866.
Shouldn’t this cure, you know, wizardry? Or just icky uncomfortable things done to one by a wizard? Or maybe it’s for magical rheumatism?
I mean, the phrase ‘Wizard Oil’ is inherently hilarious. I feel its potential is wasted here. ^-^
Advertising for ‘CIGARS DE JOY’ for relief of respiratory ailments (!) and ‘Tonga’ for Neuralgia,
from The Illustrated London News Christmas Number, 1887.