Patent medicine, strange cures, cosmetics and beauty products from the past. My other Tumblrs are Kitsch and Retro and The Magic Lantern

Maybelline makeup also darkens your hair and lowers your hairline. Plus it is “the Eye Make-up in good taste,” so you’ll look lopsided in a classy kind of way.

Maybelline makeup also darkens your hair and lowers your hairline. Plus it is “the Eye Make-up in good taste,” so you’ll look lopsided in a classy kind of way.

— 1 month ago with 6 notes
#1940s  #1940s ads  #vintage makeup 
Actually her hair does look a little dry to me. I do like the earrings though.

Actually her hair does look a little dry to me. I do like the earrings though.

— 4 months ago
#1850s  #1950s ads  #retro celebrities in ads  #vintage hair care  #vintage shampoos 
Confidential analysis of your hair? Always the same. Two words: It’s gray.  
And remember kids, use Rap-i-Dol Shampoo Oil Tint “only as directed on label” - not, say, as a skin moisturiser. Or a salad dressing.

Confidential analysis of your hair? Always the same. Two words: It’s gray.  

And remember kids, use Rap-i-Dol Shampoo Oil Tint “only as directed on label” - not, say, as a skin moisturiser. Or a salad dressing.

— 4 months ago
#1940s ads  #vintage hair care  #vintage hair coloring 
Oh, yeah, this looks comfortable. Not.

Oh, yeah, this looks comfortable. Not.

— 5 months ago with 1 note
#1920s  #1920s medicine ads  #vintage ads 
We’re off to get some Hamlin’s,
The Wonderful Wizard of Oil.
Neuralgia, toothache, headache, lame back
Or rheumatism’s alarming attack
If ever oh ever a wiz there was the Wizard of Oil is one because
Because because because because because
All druggists have got some in their stores
So go and buy some Hamlin’s
The Wonderful Wizard of Oil.

We’re off to get some Hamlin’s,

The Wonderful Wizard of Oil.

Neuralgia, toothache, headache, lame back

Or rheumatism’s alarming attack

If ever oh ever a wiz there was the Wizard of Oil is one because

Because because because because because

All druggists have got some in their stores

So go and buy some Hamlin’s

The Wonderful Wizard of Oil.

— 5 months ago with 3 notes
#patent medicines  #Victorian patent medicines  #Victorian Advertisements 
The Giant decided to share his miserable health status via his homemade Twitter account. It was clear to everyone but Jack (who was too busy multitasking to look up from his iPhone) that this was not a good day to climb up the beanstalk. 
mudwerks:

1906  (by x-ray delta one)

The Giant decided to share his miserable health status via his homemade Twitter account. It was clear to everyone but Jack (who was too busy multitasking to look up from his iPhone) that this was not a good day to climb up the beanstalk. 

mudwerks:

1906  (by x-ray delta one)

— 6 months ago with 82 notes
#Victorian Advertisements  #patent medicines 
If your cough is not due to a cold, the little birdies do not want to hear about it and you’re not getting any of their Wampole’s Creo-Terpin Compound either.

If your cough is not due to a cold, the little birdies do not want to hear about it and you’re not getting any of their Wampole’s Creo-Terpin Compound either.

— 6 months ago with 1 note
#vintage cough and cold cures 
"You will have to do something more than wishing and shampooing" to get Lovely Hair. Which is funny, ‘cause that’s my usual modus operandi for, well, lots of things: Wishing followed by Shampooing.
But anyway, if you use Golden Glint, it’ll do for your hair what silver polish does for silver. Get the tarnish out. Make sure you scrub hard though. And make a wish while you do.

"You will have to do something more than wishing and shampooing" to get Lovely Hair. Which is funny, ‘cause that’s my usual modus operandi for, well, lots of things: Wishing followed by Shampooing.

But anyway, if you use Golden Glint, it’ll do for your hair what silver polish does for silver. Get the tarnish out. Make sure you scrub hard though. And make a wish while you do.

— 6 months ago with 3 notes
#1940s  #1940s ads  #retro hair  #vintage hair care  #vintage hair coloring 
"This preparation will cause the Hair to Curl beautifully, and is warranted not to injure it in the least."
An advertisement in the Ithaca [NY] Daily Chronicle from 1846 says that:
"Beautiful Ringlets are insured to every LADY by the use of a Brazilian Hair Curling Liquid. To Gentlemen it makes the Hair set in such position as their tastes may devise. This elegant preparation has been tested by many ladies and gentlemen in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and other cities of the united States, it is both useful, and excellent, it curls the hair beautifully, resembling nature in her geratest perfection; it is entirely free from grease and warranted not to injure it in the least. No Lady’s Toilet, or Gentlemens’ dressing case should be without it, if you value "The Flowing Ringlet or the Witching Curl," as its use dispenses with heated irons, which injures the hair by crimping and burning it. 
"The Brazilian Curling Liquid is agreeably perfumed, in color it favors the Lemon.
"Sold for 37 1-2 cts per bottle, by L.H. Culver, Ithaca, Wholesale Agent for the State of N.Y. and to whom all orders must be addressed to J. & R.G. RADWAY, proprietors of Radways Celebrated Chinese Medicated Soap at No. 2 Cortland street, New York."
Image: Library of Congress

"This preparation will cause the Hair to Curl beautifully, and is warranted not to injure it in the least."

An advertisement in the Ithaca [NY] Daily Chronicle from 1846 says that:

"Beautiful Ringlets are insured to every LADY by the use of a Brazilian Hair Curling Liquid. To Gentlemen it makes the Hair set in such position as their tastes may devise. This elegant preparation has been tested by many ladies and gentlemen in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and other cities of the united States, it is both useful, and excellent, it curls the hair beautifully, resembling nature in her geratest perfection; it is entirely free from grease and warranted not to injure it in the least. No Lady’s Toilet, or Gentlemens’ dressing case should be without it, if you value "The Flowing Ringlet or the Witching Curl," as its use dispenses with heated irons, which injures the hair by crimping and burning it. 

"The Brazilian Curling Liquid is agreeably perfumed, in color it favors the Lemon.

"Sold for 37 1-2 cts per bottle, by L.H. Culver, Ithaca, Wholesale Agent for the State of N.Y. and to whom all orders must be addressed to J. & R.G. RADWAY, proprietors of Radways Celebrated Chinese Medicated Soap at No. 2 Cortland street, New York."

Image: Library of Congress

— 7 months ago with 6 notes
#1840s  #vintage hair care  #Victorian Advertisements 
Your stomach will feel terrific, but your head may be crushed by some large letters being dropped by a strange veiled woman.

Your stomach will feel terrific, but your head may be crushed by some large letters being dropped by a strange veiled woman.

— 7 months ago with 3 notes
#Victorian Advertisements  #patent medicines  #Victorian patent medicines  #bitters