Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Vintage Winter Cold Season

   The winter cold season is upon us once again. It will be made even more miserable this week by the wonderful Chicago weather... the old saying goes, "Hate the weather, wait 5 minutes"....We are in for a 40, 20, 30, 50, 19, below zero kind of week.
   So, we've decided to prepare with some vintage cold ads.
   Listerine was invented in 1879 and was intended to be used as a surgical antiseptic, later it became the first over-the -counter mouthwash to be sold in the United States. Listerine was also marketed from the 1920s to the 1970's as a cold and cough remedy (this claim was ruled as misleading by the FTC in 1976). Listerine claimed that gargling every two hours (every two hours!) would help keep that sore throat at bay.

When you have a Vintage Cold, you look more glamorous!

Made from the bark of the willow tree, Aspirin is still used for relief of the common cold. 

Quinine was the only effective malaria treatment in the 1930's. Quinine is manufactured from the by drying and powdering the bark of the Cinchona tree. Bromo Quinine Tablets treated "La Grippe", influenza. It was also effective for cols and headaches. Grove's later became a division of Bristol-Myers Co. in 1957. 

 Our preferred medicine? The hot toddy...far tastier than anything Theraflu could ever make. Just combine hot water, lemon, honey, and two or three fingers of some Jack Daniels. The steam opens up your sinus', the honey and lemon soothe your throat and the whiskey helps you sleep. 

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