Merchant’s Gargling Oil Liniment was one of many “quack” patent medicines of the 19th century; this one being manufactured starting in 1833. The “medicine” intended for humans was not manufactured until 1875. It claimed to be good for strange ailments such as Chilblains, Sand Cracks, Galls of all kinds, Sitfast & Ringbone, Poll Evil, Horn Distemper, and Crow scab to name a few. It’s claims were questionable as many patent medicines were high in alcohol content (so much for the temperance movement). Alcohol dependancy was one reason physicians were critical of patent medicines. For more information on Merchant’s Gargling Oil Co., see http://www.rdhinstl.com/mm/rs178.htm.
“Quack” Medicine Trade Cards, So Much for the Temperance Movement
July 18, 2009 by soda_santa