From the stories of the ‘snake oil’ salesmen from the early west.(something for everyone) Sorta like the lines of the old song, ‘Mule Train’:
There’s a plug of chaw tobaccy for a rancher in Corolla;
A guitar for a cowboy way out in Arizona;
A dress of callico for a pretty Navajo.
There’s some cotton thread and needle for the folks away out yonder.
A shovel for a miner who left his home to wander.
Some rheumatism pills for the settlers in the hills.
There’s a letter full of sadness and it’s black around the border.
A Bible in the pack for the Reverend Mr Black.
Get along mule, get along.
Get along mule, get along. (Mule train.)
Get along, get along.
The early medicines, were they as effective as the ones advertised today? Some on AOL and Newsmax:
“Eat this and never forget a thing again!”
‘Lose 30 pounds in 30 days.’
‘The 150 year old secret to regain your hearing’
If you have a chance, you should visit ‘The House on the Rock’, near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Allow at least a day to go thru this ‘Museum’ or Interesting place. You will be amazed at the collections. Today I am thinking of the area of Barbershops and medicines.
I shoulda tried the ‘Nerve & Brain Pills.
What about weight loss from times past!
Long before ‘in vitro fertilization treatment (IVF)’ there was ‘A Baby in Every Bottle’.
Before Tobacco was a big problem: ‘We cure you of all Desire for Tobacco’, reckon it was using the 3 oz Opium sacks?
With today’s drug companies recommending you ask your doctor about ‘this pill’, I go back to the days mentioned above, are we really any different. In a day that you as the patient can ask the Dr. to prescribe a pill advertised on TV?
It all makes me wonder if we don’t have the modern day Snake Oil Salesmen.
PS: No joke, you will not be disappointed if you tour the House on the Rock. (Don & Evelyn told us about it, we were amazed)
And then came the VIPER! a REAL Dodge