Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ad Claims Worth a Chuckle

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ad Claims Worth a Chuckle

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TIME PAST

with Beryl Johnston

ADVERTISEMENTS that appeared in the Queensland Times from the 1860s-1880s are different to those we see nowadays, in fact some of them are quite funny.

They still made claims of the products that were all but impossible, a bit like some of today's items. Here are a few examples.

MEAT: 1866, F C Parr, carcass and family butcher, East St Ipswich sold meat for cash, prime beef joints or steaks tuppence halfpenny a lb., by the quarter one and a half pence and tuppence per lb., salt beef threepence lb.; prime mutton joints and chops threepence halfpenny per lb. If booked a halfpenny per lb. extra.

SOAP: 1866, Harper twelvetrees preparation of glycerine and soap powder sold in penny packets. It made profuse lather and saved in time and rubbing.

MEDICINE: 1868, a celebrated French medicine prepared by Grimalut & co chemists to His Imperial Highness Prince Napoleon was available in Ipswich it was "Syrup of Hypophosphite of Lime - for diseases of the chest.

CANNABIS: 1869, Asthma, Oppression, dyspnoea - to relieve symptoms Indian cigarettes of Cannabis Indica were prepared by Grimault & Co chemists of Paris. Recent experiments in France, England and Germany have proved these cigarettes are a sovereign remedy for Asthma especially when belladonna, strontium and opium have failed to give relief.

BAKING POWDER: 1869, Borwicks baking powder made bread light and digestible in a few minutes, without standing to rise as with yeast.

TEETH: 1870, Mr Mearns surgeon dentist of Limestone St advertised he continues to supply the best mineral teeth on plates of gold, platinum and vulcanite. Full sets supplied without springs or wires on the principle of atmospheric pressure.

BULLOCK BLADDERS: 1870, wanted any number of dried bullocks wizen bladders in packets of 4 dozen each for which three shillings will be given.

DEATH: 1873, J Reed of Brisbane St was an upholstery and undertaker. He advised the people of Ipswich "he had purchase a new hearse and plumes and was prepared to execute funerals in a superior style at moderate charges.

HATS: 1873, J Ellwood & Sons of London introduced to Ipswich a new hat for hot climates - Air Chamber Helmets" they were capable of adapting themselves to the form of the head and were both neat in appearance and very light in weight. …

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