The cures for all ailments
1870s medicine cabinets
MEDICINES and pills that were advertised as “cure alls” were many in the 1870s. Here are just a few of them. ROWLAND MACASSAR OIL –
Three shilling and sixpence, seven shillings and 10 shillings and sixpence prevent the hair falling off or turning grey, strengthens weak hair and causes it to grow on bald places and makes it beautifully soft, PLIABLE AND GLOSSY. IMPORTANT NOTICE – Ask for Rowlands Macassar Oil and avoid all other cheap articles under the same or similar names, as spurious imitations. Each bottle has a glass stopper instead of a cork as formerly. ROWLAND’S ESSENCE OF
TYRE never fails to produce a perfect change in red or grey hair, whiskers, eyebrows, etc to a beautiful glossy and permanently brown or black, which colour remains so durable that neither washing nor perspiration can remove it. HOLLOWAYS OINTMENT
AND PILLS – All sufferers from coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma and irregular action of the heart, are earnestly recommended to rub Holloways searching ointment well over the throat, breast and back, as the case may require twice a day. Invalids may confidently rely upon the beneficial effects resulting from this treatment.
The advertisement also goes on to recommend Holloways Ointment and Pills for the treatment of bad legs, bad breasts, ulcers, abscesses, gout, rheumatism, skin diseases, dropsical swellings, paralysis, piles, fistulas and inflammations. The smallest box of pills contains four dozen and the smallest pot of ointment, one ounce. Full printed directions are afforded to each box and pot and can be had in any language, even in Turkish, Arabic, Armenian, Persian and Chinese.
OTHER PRODUCTS TO ASSIST IN VARIOUS WAYS DOMESTIC ECONOMY – Judson’s dyes, the process being so clean and simple there appears no reason why every lady should not be her own dyer, or why dying day should not, in every well-regulated family, be as common as, and much more agreeable than washing day.
Any young lady could begin her experiment on a ribbon or feather in a basin of water, and proceed afterwards to larger articles of dress, in a bread pan or foot bath. JUDSON’S SIMPLE DYES –
consist of 18 brilliant colours, and may be used for dying silk, wool, cotton, feathers, fibre, leather, ivory, bone, wood and for many other purposes. Sold in chemists and stationers throughout the world. Price sixpence per bottle. ARRAOPHRASTA INDIAN SNAKE CURE – This preparation requires only to be known, to assert its superiority over anything of this kind hitherto introduced. Prepared by R. L. Mearns, Chemist, Ipswich.
CERTIFICATE – From the Brisbane Government Laboratory February 9, 1876, I beg to certify that I have examined a bottle labelled “Arrophrasta” forwarded and prepared by Mr R. L. Mearns of Ipswich and found it to contain a mixture composed of vegetable extracts, combined with strong ammonia. As a stimulant in cases of snake bites, bites of venomous insects or blood poisoning. I know of no remedy of equal potency in so highly concentrated a form. Signed Karl Theodore Stagier, Government Analytical Chemist.
A smile all the while – You can’t if you are suffering from the nervy run-down feeling, but why suffer?
ELLIOTT’S BEEF AND MALTED WINE will put the vigour of health into your tired body. Start on a bottle today “twill quickly chase the blues right away”. There’s energy in every drop. In November 1921 this mixture was priced at three shillings and ninepence and five shillings and ninepence per bottle at all chemists and hotels.
A NEW HAT FOR HOT CLIMATES
J. Elwood and Sons beg to direct public attention to their new hat that possesses the advantage of the air chamber principal, combined with greater capabilities of adapting itself to the form of the head, than any hitherto in use. Being at the same time, neat in appearance and light in weight.
CURE-ALL: A chemist advertises the benefits of the jujubes.
An ad for Panama hats.