I’ve been fighting a sore throat, usually the first sign that I’m coming down with a cold. Which got me wondering about Rose and what she would do in my circumstances.
My grandfather—the original Harold—thought Vicks VaporRub could cure anything.
And why not? When it was first marketed just after the turn of the century, when Grandpa Harold was a young boy, it was sold as “Vicks Magic Croup Salve.”
Now, who can argue with magic???
Grandpa even used the stuff on his stock. And there’s a certain amount of evidence to indicate he wasn’t the only one. Again, when it was first marketed, ingredients included castor oil, liniment, and vermifuge (which kills or otherwise deters parasites).
But, in case Rose is not equally enamored with the Vicks magic, this page from the Fall-1928 Sears Catalog shows all the other choices available.
One thing I noticed when looking at old ads on this site was the association between colds and influenza. Of course, after so many people died during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, who can blame folks for being cautious. Besides, they hadn’t really made the association of specific viruses being at the root of influenzas.
Of course, none of this is helping sooth my sore throat. Perhaps I’ll just have a little hot tea with honey. Hmmm… maybe a splash of whiskey.
See you on Thursday.