Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Oh my nerves! Vintage advertising

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 13, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment
Tags: ad history, funny old ads, Nervine, quacks, vintage ads, women in advertising

Before there was valium or prozac, there were always dubious quack remedies to help women medicate their sometimes grim realities. (Personally, I like to think the gal on the left is Mary's childless-by-choice lesbian sister who is too happy with her own life to need a sedative. OK, I'm a dreamer. Fill me up with Nervine, and I won't care.)


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Many of these remedies were booze-based... so...

Fine by me!

I love it.

--"What's that noise? How can you stand it?"

--"That's the sound of children's laughter. Have you been praying to Satan again?"

This is from the same Dr. Miles that founded Miles Laboratories, makers of AlkaSeltzer, and was sold into the 60s.
A quick search says it was an antihistamine-based sedative, so sorry Phil, probably no alcohol!

If you want to see a bunch of other old ads for Morphine-, Heroin- and Cocaine-based 'remedies' I found, see