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A collection of panacean powders, pills, potions and pamphlets, as advertised in historical newspapers
2017-05-19 11:30
In 1890s London, the 'Lady Montrose Pills' blackmail scheme efficiently and heartlessly targeted more than 8,000 victims. In this comprehensive account of the case, Dick Weindling intro… Read More
2016-10-15 12:27
No one likes to be the hapless person who wanders into the garage and finds a forgotten turkey carcase humming with maggots and surrounded in a fug of pungent effluvia. I suppose it would be… Read More
2016-04-18 14:01
Join me for some quack-filled talks in London this summer! I’ve been invited by the London Fortean Society and Antique Beat to share my stories of fraud, advertising and the occasional… Read More
2016-01-19 11:38
I appeared on Great British Railway Journeys, series 7, episode 11, on 18 Jan 2016. The episode is available on BBC iPlayer, and here’s some more information about one of the remedies… Read More
2015-05-11 10:20
While researching in the British Newspaper Archive, Kilburn historians Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms discovered a practitioner with the unusual name of Du Brange. They were intrigued t… Read More

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