Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I will always wonder (?????)


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.

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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.

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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?

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It all makes me wonder if we don’t have the modern day Snake Oil Salesmen.

Nite Shipslog

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)




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And then came the VIPER! a REAL Dodge

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I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I agree all the ads for cures do sound a lot like those in times gone by. Every time I hear the long list of side effects they may cause, I'm very grateful that I don't have to take any of them. It's a dark and chilly morning here. Hope you all have some sunshine there !

Paula said...

I think you're right on with this post. I'm afraid to take my medicine and I'm afraid not to.

betty said...

That House of Rock does sound interesting! I fear that people buy those cures, like lose 30 pounds in 30 days, that's why they are still being advertised!


Lisa said...

I'm a believer that Aspirin cures everything. I always wondered why the person that does the info commercials on Wrinkle cream, is wrinkled.

Keep Wondering

shirl72 said...

I like the one that takes the wrinkles from the face. They guaranteed
in one week you will see a difference. We have skin cream to reduce
the appearance of deep wrinkles. If all these creams worked we would
stay young looking as we get older.

Mevely317 said...

Oh, I'd love to visit that House! Those advertisements are a panic, Jack. Worm cakes? Yummy ... NOT!!!

Unknown said...

I guess they never found a remedy for gullibility.
Of course, some of those old remedies might have worked, but the cure might have been worse than the original condition. Arsenic for acne?!
Did you read the news article about some ancient (over a thousand year old) remedy that actually is effective against MRSA? It contains garlic, leeks, wine, and ox bile and is cooked in a copper kettle. Fascinating.

Rick Watson said...

When my grandpa saw those ad, he say, somebody's trying to get in my pocket. It was years before I understood what he meant.