Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset

To open up the Museum of Health Care’s artefact collection we are participating in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge. Based on WordPress’ randomly chosen themes, we’ll offer a serendipitous peek into our collection. Check in each week for a new curiosity.

Hall’s Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer trade card, c. 1882. MHC Accession #996001413
The back of this patent medicine trade card tells how Hall’s Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer cures all diseases of the scalp and restores hair to its natural colour, growth, and youthful beauty.
Clever advertising campaigns enticed the public, especially the lower class, to buy patent medicines, as many people could not afford the services of a doctor. Here they associate the product with the power and beauty of nature. Sound familiar?
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