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Not all medicine products came in glass bottles, of course. The small (1 3/8" tall), ceramic, English ointment pot or jar pictured above contained an ointment which claimed to be good for the "...cure of gout and rheumatism, inveterate ulcers, sore breasts, sore heads, bad legs..."

Dr Williams’ ‘Pink Pills’, London, England, 1850-1920: Dr William’s ‘Pink Pills’ were advertised as an iron rich tonic for the blood and nerves to treat anaemia, clinical depression, poor appetite and lack of energy. The tablets were originally advertised as “Pink Pills for Pale People”. Users of the product claimed the pills could even cure paralysis.

Antique Medical Apothecary Bottle

Embalming fluid bottle

A Snake Oil Liniment Bottle I believe what they called snake oil back then was actually cocaine

Rexall Americanitis Elixir guaranteed by United Drug Company. Contains 15% Alcohol and Chloroform.

wow...Cure All Elixir. # Pin++ for Pinterest #LOL

Charles Forde's quack medicine to cure "biliousness, blackheads, and all female complaints." Ingredients: Aloin, (from aloe) cardamom, black gelatin, peppermint oil and wheat flour. Sold from the 1890s to the 1980s!!

Although it doesn't specifically say it will help with terrifying hallucinations and/or guilty conscience, like the model clearly suffers from, it's implied...

Miles Laboratories ‘Nervine’ tablets ad, 1940.

Well into the 20th century, mercury was an ingredient in popular remedies, from purgatives to infants’ teething powder.

Bigfoot Toenails

I love this ad.


shave your corpse for only 15c with razorless post-mortem shaving powder

The Famous Specific Orange Blossom: A Positive Cure for all Female Diseases; 1885.

Hamlin’s Wizard Oil Will Cure Your Rheumatism