This is an advertisement for Day, Son and Hewitt’s medicine for animals, specifically farm animals such as horses, cattle, calves, sheep and lambs. Up until the late 18th century the farrier was the major figure in animal medicine. Farriers had knowledge of equine diseases, remedies and treatments. In 1791 the Veterinary College was set up in response to the demand for a better understanding of animal diseases. As knowledge and expertise grew animals were given better care and a range of medicines and treatments were developed. Day, Son and Hewitt are still making animal medicines today.
This is an advertisement for ‘Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup’, this medicine was given to babies to soothe them when they were teething. It softened gums and reduced inflammation and was widely used. One problem was that it actually contained Opium. During the 19th century Opium was frequently used, poets such as Byron and Shelly indulged in ‘laudanum’, an alcoholic drink containing opium and medicines such as ‘Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup’ were used to treat every sort of illness from colds to heart disease. The addictive properties of Opium were eventually recognised and it was banned, except for use in medicine.
Evanion Collection of Ephemera
This is an advertisement for Dr Jacob Townsend's sarsaparilla medicine. During the 19th century medicines such as this, were taken for all manner of aliments from arthritis and skin disease to psoriasis and leprosy. It was actually widely used in China as a treatment for syphilis. It was also taken by women to improve their chances of becoming pregnant.