As many of you know, I find a lot of cool stuff as I peruse 19th century newspapers. Usually the items aren’t relevant to what I’m trying to find out, but I like to tuck them away to share with you! Hope you get a kick out of these, as you imagine yourself in the position of a 19th century consumer in need of a health cure.

Testimonials can go a long way:

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The Sun, Dec 1, 1898.

Look at that woman…I mean, “the Queen of Beautiful Women.” Not a wrinkle on her. A ringing endorsement if I ever saw one.

Then there’s the fact that beer has malt, so it must be healthy…who knew? So that’s why hubby drinks it. Never mind the now-trendy pomegranate, acai, and goji berry juices…pull some Buds out of the fridge, honey! ๐Ÿ˜‰

But if beer isn’t to your liking, you could always try this:

The World, May 15, 1900, via Chronicling America (Library of Congress)

The World, May 15, 1900

I wonder what other ingredients are in a bottle of celery compound? Perhaps…gasp…alcohol? I don’t know about you, but Mrs. Cummings looks like she could use a third bottle of celery. I don’t think she’s feeling like “another woman” yet.

And why is it that I keep running into celery in my 19th century researches? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out my post onย Kalamazoo celery.


Perhaps you want to avoid ingesting questionable substances completely. How about this:

The San Francisco Call, November 27, 1898, via Chronicling America (Library of Congress).

The San Francisco Call, November 27, 1898.

You wear it when youย sleep? Oh, right, nothing can go wrong there. ย Do I smell burnt hair…?


What if nothing works, and you’re still sick? Maybe it’sย where you live:

The Sun, May 11, 1890.

The Sun, May 11, 1890.

Isn’t it reassuring to know that malaria has been cured on Staten Island? Sign me up.

What’s the funniest ad you’ve run across? Do you know of any neighborhoods that could use a good fumigation? I’d love to hear from you.


Until next time,


P.S. – all pics are taken from the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers,ย and are public domain.

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