The cures for all ail­ments

1870s medicine cab­i­nets

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - BERYL JOHN­STON

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.


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.

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