Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Maryland Medical Journal’s Ads, Circa 1899

I love looking at the old advertisements in the early Maryland Medical Journals both for their content and for their design. It’s funny how shocking some of them seem now. Ads for cocaine and heroin as well as numerous alcoholic preparations abound!

Here are some that caught my eye.

Malt Nutrine by Anheuser Busch… Also known as liquid bread, or beer!Malt 1Malt 2malt 3

Pepto Mangan Gude – helped stimulate the appetite and build red blood cells.Pepto 1Pepto 2Pepto 3

Cocaine. Nice to know it’s pure.cocaine

Beer & Rye WhiskeyBartholomaysMelvale

The design on these is really amazing, especially when you realize they’re engraved at size.GranumNeurosinepowder

Antiseptics are new to the field in the 1890’s. AntisepticPlatts

It’s fun to imagine the physicians going through the city in their phaetons.Phaeton

He can’t wait until he can chase her again!Colchi

Lots of ads for drunks and inebriatesinebriatesSheppard Pratt

Chattolanee Water… Greenspring ValleyChattolanee

Most of the bound sets of journals have the advertisements removed, so it was fun to find a full set of unbound Maryland Medical Journals.

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