Home Remedies and Quack Cures: Hall’s Catarrh Cure

FJ CheneyI’ve recently been performing a lot of historical and ancestral research by combing through digitized newspapers.  Inevitably, in the newspapers of the mid-1800’s until the early 1930’s, I am reading advertisements extolling the benefits of so-called miracle cures, also known as patent medicines.  These “medicines” claimed to cure everything from A to Z.  So, I thought it would be fun and interesting to do a series on the history of patent medicine, or “nostrums” as they were called, and some of the quack cures that literally flooded the market in that era.  Here and there I’ll do some articles on home remedies as well.

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  1. Veryinteresting

    • Yes, I thought this would be a fun and interesting series to do .. tons of material because the patent medicine industry was so vast.

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  3. I needed to thank you for this excellent read!!
    I definitely enjoyed every bit of it. I have you book-marked to check out new things you post…

  4. Great article – I learned an awful lot since finding a Hall’s bottle under a porch built in or around 1880. Thank you !!!

    • Thanks for stopping by!



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