A Cure for the Common Cold

From the Schulenberg (TX) Sticker of 1909, we learn of a great way to cure the common cold:

“It is an almost infallible cure when…taken properly…Take two ounces of glycerine with eight ounces of good whiskey and add in one half ounce of concentrated pine compound. Take a teaspoonful or tablespoonful every four hours”

So, next time you you have a cold, mix Pine-Sol with Glycerine and Jim Beam, and watch your cold melt away…but look out for the spontaneous combustion side effect.

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  1. J. G. Burdette

     /  May 10, 2012

    Amazing how popular these ‘quack’ cures were then. I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

    • Indeed – I have one in the hopper about an “electric” toothbrush which would cure just about anything, up to and including gout, chills, baldness, and palsy. Loved your article on the Log Cabin Presidency. Have you ever looked at Thurlow Weed? He was the man behind the man on the Log Cabin and Hard Cider campaign. And he tried the pattern again and again; e.g. Zach Taylor and John C. Fremont.

      Thanks again for your comments.

      • J. G. Burdette

         /  May 10, 2012

        Hm, I hadn’t heard of him. Glad you liked my post. I’m off to read up on Mr. Weed.

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