Posts Tagged "vintage advertising"

“Severe depression? Apathy? Psychomotor retardation?” How about a bennie?

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Every now and then, a post deserves a second viewing. This week, I’m bursting the bubble again on vintage advertising. Nothing like an upper for the mid-week blues, right?

“In the severe depressions of the menopause, marked by apathy and psychomotor retardation…”just use a bennie. You’ll be speeding through your day in no time! (And will probably lose that extra weight too!)

Really! What WERE they thinking?!

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I put a spell on you?

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in menopause, sleep disturbance | 2 comments

Any regular reader of this blog knows that I love vintage advertising, namely because it’s so medically and politically inappropriate for today’s times.

I stumbled across this doosie in my weekly research:


Barbituates – they’re not for the 60s any longer. In fact, even Wyeth Pharma got ‘down’ on this triple barb combination first produced in 1936 and taken off the market in 1996. That’s sixty years of drug haze-induced. hypnotic sleep, including Marilyn Monroe’s. But I digress.

Ethobral was also used for menopausal women in dire need of a few ‘zzzs – check out the small copy above the graphic:

Sleep for the menopausal patient. 

I put a spell on you? Indeed. A spell called Ethobral. I wonder how many women were hooked on these baby barbs in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s!

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Wednesday Bubble: Say what you will, but the way to a man’s heart is through your hands

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in aging, humour | 0 comments

Bet you thought I was gonna talk about something else, didn’t you?

Nope, it’s all about anti-aging, 1940s style. Funny thing is that nothing has really changed. Well, almost nothing.

Middle aged skin in the 40s is the same as middle aged skin in the ‘2012’s…except the solution.

Happy Wednesday!


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Musings for a Monday: Menopause. Be Very Afraid.

Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Don’t let the change of life torture you with fear!

I stumbled across this vintage ad for Mrs. Lydia E. Pinkham’s vegetable compound for menopausal symptoms. Evidently, Mrs. Pinkham had a history of brewing home remedies to combat menstrual and menopausal woes. Among its many ingredients (pleurisy root, life root, emmenagogue, fenugreek, unicorn root), it also contained black cohosh, which does raise the question of whether it was truly snake oil or a modern miracle?

Regardless, a simple musing for a Monday.

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Transition:one pill makes you…

Posted by on Nov 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I love it when I run across vintage advertising. I featured this ad over a year ago and am reprising today, namely because it speaks to the one-size-fits-all mentality of hormone replacement therapy and addressing the symptoms of menopause and aging.

The rub? We may be women but we have unique needs. Do yourselves a favour: take the time to not only explore but also understand your symptoms. Speak to a practitioner you trust before accepting any prescriptions. And the transition? While it certainly isn’t a picnic, it’s also not all about tears.

Just a few musings for a Monday….

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