I had read a novel years ago set in the Victorian age and one thing that struck me was a line that had a female character claiming to have taken small drops of arsenic to keep her complexion pale. I think I was only about twelve when I read this book, and I was intrigued. Being a rather impressionable child, I was lucky that my parents did not keep arsenic in the house. Having enjoyed our class discussion last week on product advertisements . . . which veered into a discussion about today’s impact of advertising on the consumer . . . I wanted to do a search online for information regarding some of the bizarre remedies sold for simple ailments, such as toothache, during Victorian times. I learned that Bayer used heroin in its early formula for aspirin (“safe for children”) and cocaine, of course, was in almost everything. It’s a wonder people managed to survive the cures sold to them.
Posted by: cialci | November 10, 2012
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