Friday Funny – Having trouble with your feet? Try ‘The Exterminater’…





I am amazed that you could buy the ‘Corn and Bunion Exterminater’ in booksellers in both Nottingham & Chesterfield.  It may be worth asking in Waterstones if you wish to try them – let me know what kind of response you get!




The Nottinghamshire Guardian and Midland Advertiser (London, England), Thursday, May 24, 1849; pg. 2; Issue 162. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II

Friday Funny – The Mighty Healer

What we’ve all been waiting for……..
It has a power over disease hitherto unknown in medicine.  Are you at all Weakchested, or inclined to be Consumptive, with just a touch of Cough now and then?
“Try this wonderful Medicine.”  The Cough and Weakness will disappear as if by magic, and you will feel a strength and power you have never had before.
Bronchitis and Asthma it relieves instantly.
The Spasms of Coughing so dreadful in Whooping Cough become less with each dose of the medicine.
“I have much pleasure in certifying that your Lung Tonic is a most valuable remedy in cases for which it is recommended.  It first came under my notice at a patient’s house, and from curiosity I was induced to try its curative effects during a sharp attack of Bronchitis contracted by myself when travelling, and I conscientiously assure you that I found immediate relief.  I have since given it a place in my surgery, have prescribed it in several cases, and can thoroughly recommend it.  You are at liberty to use my name. – JOHN GREEN, M.R.C.S.L., Keadby, Yorks.”
Prepared by W.T. OWBRIDGE, Chemist, Hull.  Sold in Bottles, 1s. 11/2d., 2s. 3d., 4s. 6d., and 11s., by all Chemists & Patent medicine Vendors.  Wholesale, all London and Provincial Houses.

Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury (Leicester, England), Saturday, September 20, 1890; pg. 2; Issue 4154. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.

Friday Funny – In need of invigorating?

Another newspaper advert that appealed to my sense of humour……..



For an elegant Corset see what the Countess of Suffolk says: “A graceful upright carriage and a most perfect figure.” Recommended by the medical profession. See the Invigorator Corset, from 6/6 to 22/6. Sold by Drapers, or send P.O. and 5d. postage to Patentee, 15, Claremont, Hastings. Illustrated Catalogue free. Made for ladies, maids, boys, girls, and children.

Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury (Leicester, England), Saturday, June 27, 1891; pg. 6; Issue 4194. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.

Friday Funny – Festive Indulgence

Overindulged during the festive season?  I may have just the thing………

Cholic, Bowel Complaints &c

The great reputation which DR. SOLOMAN’s celebrated CORDIAL BALM OF GILEAD has acquired as a medical restorative, renders it unquestionably of the utmost importance to the afflicted, but especially to those who labour under the painful, and too often fatal, effects arising from complaints of the stomach and bowels, cholic, flatulence or indigestion.  In short, it is the constant resort of invalids of both sexes suffering under these painful and debilitating complaints; and from its increasing reputation and success, it is highly recommended to all such as are similarly affected.  Ladies of a cold acrid or bilious habit of body, affected with languor, head-ache, or hysterical affections, or gentlemen from the East or West Indies, the student from public seminaries, or those whose occupations require a sedentary life, cannot have recourse to a more salutary remedy.  One of its remarkable properties is, that while it removes imperceptively the causes of disease, it enlivens the drooping spirits, and invigorates both the mind and body; and if taken after fatigue, gives relief from every unpleasant sensation.


Caution. – As many imitations of Dr. Solomon’s Cordial Balm of Gilead are on sale, the public will be sure to ask for that medicine as “DOCTOR SOLOMON’s” as no other “Cordial balm” is genuine or connected therewith.


Sold at the CHRONICLE OFFICE, Leicester, and by all medicine venders, in bottles at 11s. and 33s. each.


The £5 cases may be had at Gilead House, as heretofore, to enable patients to persevere at the most reasonable expense.
DR. SOLOMAN’s GUIDE TO HEALTH, price 3s., may be consulted as the silent friend in all cases of debility, loss of appetite, consumption, &c., with assured confidence of success.
The Leicester Chronicle: or, Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser (Leicester, England), Saturday, December 24, 1842; pg. [1]; Issue 1673

A Tale from the Nottingham Evening Post…

I wonder if he ever lived this down?!

“A Walking Omelette”
Boy Drenched with Milk and Eggs

A case which came before his Honour Judge Turner at the Mansfield County Court today arose out of a curious accident to a milk-cart.

The cart was apparently standing in Quarry-lane Mansfield at nine o’clock on a February night while the owner was delivering milk, and it was run into by a motor-cycle combination, with the result that the cart turned over and spilt its contents – milk and eggs – all over the 15 year old driver who was left in charge of it. Gallons of milk and dozens of eggs, it was stated, were upset over the boy who was so frightened by the unexpected cascade that he ran away – “ a walking human omelette” as Mr A.M. Lyons described him.

The boy was called as a witness but the Judge declined to hear him – “I don’t want to hear the omelette” he remarked. “Go away omelette!” (Laughter.)

His honour allowed a claim by the owner of the milk-cart, Jack Waterson, of Sunnyside, Sibthorpe-street Mansfield for £14 2s damages against the driver of the motor-cycle combination H.W. Spencer, an electrician of Murray-street, Mansfield.

*from the Nottingham Evening Post Tuesday 21st June 1927