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Pioneering adverts of the West, 1867-1918.
The marvellous Mrs Gunn and her bust-restoring oils, 1917. “No parafine used.”
“Corpulency reduced.” Or at least shifted uphill. 1906.
Smith’s Patent Water Closet, 1871.
The Magnetic Shield sounds promising too. For all those aches, pains and bilious complaints.
Posted at 07:48 in Ephemera, History | Permalink
"Busts restored… filled to normal proportions. Mrs Gunn's process of filling consists of using natural oils the body will not absorb. It produces perfect natural flesh. Results are immediate."
Was Mrs Gunn in league with the devil?
August 13, 2009 at 08:40
For some reason I picture well-to-do ladies coughing up ectoplasm as a breakthrough in weight loss.
Luckily, the modern consumer is much, much cannier...
August 13, 2009 at 08:58
I need a magnetic throat shield for my glandular swelling.
carbon based lifeform |
August 13, 2009 at 10:32
And some magnetic boots for those sweaty feet. :)
August 13, 2009 at 11:15
The second of Mr Smith's water closets looks like an ancestor of the Daleks. No wonder they hate us.
August 13, 2009 at 12:18
Dr Pierce's Galvanic Chain Belt with its optional Electrical Suspensary attachment for men looks positively kinky:
August 13, 2009 at 12:37
Heh. The first two are from my home town, Seattle.
August 13, 2009 at 13:28
“Dr Pierce’s Galvanic Chain Belt…”
And it not only cures rheumatism, catarrh and constipation, but “female weakness” too. It’s a wonder of the age. Thank goodness for the Magnetic Elastic Truss Company.
August 13, 2009 at 13:54
I love how we chuckle at these unscientific relics.
Magnetic truss? Please, it's clearly balderdash. Not like my Q-Ray bracelet, it's chock full of science.
Chris S |
August 13, 2009 at 15:54
I must get one of those vests. I've always wanted a magnetic cleavage.
Karen M |
August 13, 2009 at 16:09
The more things change, etc. Looking at that 'neckline slimmer' ad, and the alarming spring-system involved, reminded me of that story about how composer and piano virtuouso, Robert Schumann, permanently injured his hand by attempting to stretch his fingers/exercise them with a mechanical device.
August 14, 2009 at 03:30
A sovereign specific without the use of Parafine? That smacks of the vain and empty work of the Mesmerists, Sir. Personally I recommend Radioparafine, the healthful emanations of which have been attested to by Herr Roentgen and Mme Curie themselves.
David Gillies |
August 15, 2009 at 12:36
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