History: Old advertisement claims worth a chuckle

THE CURE: The pharmacy of J C Minnis in Ipswich was held in high esteem by the public. This is its advertisement from 1924.
THE CURE: The pharmacy of J C Minnis in Ipswich was held in high esteem by the public. This is its advertisement from 1924.

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. Also available were Indian regulation Cork helmets.

WORKING HOURS: 1874, workers in Ipswich retail shops worked 14 hours a day. They connected a t 7am and shops closed at 9pm. Ladies were urged to refrain from shopping on Saturday evenings and also were requested to get their servants to shop as early as possible.

FOOD: 1874, D T Keogh family grocer East St Ipswich had for sale ox tongues, pigeons, chicken ham pies and turtle soup.

SHEEP HEADS: 1875, hot baked sheep's heads could be purchased at Fred Whitehouse's Bakery & Confectionary store, Nicholas St.

FABRICS: 1875, Finney Isles & Co Brisbane had a Mourning Dept. where black fabrics of fast dye could be purchased.

DUGONG OIL: 1875, Dugong Oil could be purchased in half pint, pint and quart bottles at the Ipswich Dispensary.

FURNITURE & TAP: 1876, Cribb & Foote at their London Store Ipswich had coffin furniture in sizes for children, youths and adults, also the Climas Tap - a new invention for drawing off effervescing liquids without disturbing the cork.

ICE CREAM: 1876, Frederick Whitehouse Nicholas St could give the people of Ipswich the luxury of ice cream every Saturday.

STAYS: 1877, the firm of Macfarlane & Sons sold women's "stays" for 4 shillings. They had been reduced from 6 shillings.

HALF DAY HOLIDAY: 1878, Ipswich storekeepers from October 1 closed their shops at 1pm each Wednesday to give their employees a half day holiday.

GIVE AWAYS: 1879, after the death of John Pettigrew in 1878 the business was carried on by W field. Mr Field advertised "A grand exhibition of about 1000 articles valued at 3 to 5 shillings each would be given away "Gratis" at John Pettigrew's.

BOTANICAL PILL: 1880, Mr J Jones fruiterer Bell St made a pure botanical pill that couldn't be surpassed for complaints such as headaches, She also made an invaluable ointment for Scorbutic eruptions of the skin etc.

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