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December 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Fresh from one of the best Druggists in London.” Like many other apothecaries in colonial America, Amos Throop of Providence resorted to newspaper advertising to promote...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Dec 2020

October 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “All the Patenteed Medicines, too many to be enumerated in an Advertisement.” Oliver Smith advertised a “compleat Assortment of the very best DRUGGS and MEDICINES”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Oct 2020

Opium; or, How it Became a “Dirty Drug”

By Stephen Basdeo We live in an era in which, increasingly, governments in many western countries are realising that they are losing the so-called “War on Drugs”. Some countries have completely decriminalised certain substances, while in some...

April 1

GUEST CURATOR: Bryant Halpin What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Pennsylvania Chronicle (April 10, 1769). “A FRESH supply of choice drugs and medicines.” When I looked at this advertisement I wondered...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Apr 2019

No point in legalizing weed for recreational use

By Adam Ramos Adam Ramos delves into the recent past to see if the promised benefits from legalizing marijuana for recreational use in some parts of the United States have been realized. Marijuana has never been a controversy in the United States until...

Mexican Cartels

By Carlos Rodriguez One of the first drug cartels in Mexico, the Guadalajara Cartel, was established by the notorious Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, also known as ‘the Godfather’. During the 1980s, he became the partner of the famous Pablo Escobar...

To make Cordial Pepper Water

I enjoy a well-made cocktail. My delight in trying new mixed drinks — be they zesty, floral, fruity, smoky, refreshing, or bracing — has me on the hunt for interestingly-flavored beverage recipes as I turn the pages of these manuscripts. I...
From: Cooking in the Archives on 16 Apr 2018

June 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Virginia Gazette (June 11, 1767).“JUST IMPORTED, In the Rachel & Mary, Capt. Anderson, a fresh ASSORTMENT of DRUGS and MEDICINES.” At a glance, a significant number...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Jun 2017

Why Are There So Many 17th Century Paintings of Monkeys Getting Drunk?

On cold Friday in 1660, Samuel Pepys encountered two unpleasant surprises. "At home found all well," he wrote in his diary, "but the monkey loose, which did anger me, and so I did strike her." Later that night, a candlemaker named Will Joyce (the good-for-nothing...
From: Res Obscura on 4 May 2017

On the Women’s Petition Against Coffee of 1674

“That Newfangled, Abominable, Heathenish Liquor called COFFEE.” Imagine a space where you can bet on bear fights, warm your legs by the fire, witness public dissections (human and animal), solicit prostitutes (male and female), buy and sell...
From: Res Obscura on 8 Apr 2017

From the dry sands of Egypt… Greek medicine labels on papyrus

By Isabella Bonati Amongst the many objects depicted in the “unswept floor” mosaic by Heraclitus (II cent. CE) there is a drug container (unguentarium) with a narrow, probably folded, papyrus tag suspended from its neck. This tag likely offered...
From: The Recipes Project on 27 Dec 2016

New Digital Tools for the History of Medicine and Religion in China

Originally posted on China Policy Institute: Analysis By Michael Stanley-Baker When we do textual research on China, we rely on canons that were made with paper. The gold standard for a digital corpus is that it is paired with images of a citeable physical...
From: The Recipes Project on 15 Nov 2016

September 15

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Evening-Post (September 15, 1766).“All Persons may be supplied with DRUGS and MEDICINES of the freshest and best Kinds.” In his capacity as executor of Thomas Aston’s...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Sep 2016

The last stage of cruelty, or, A mercifull example of Quaerism

“A plainly dressed man with lank hair falling on his shoulders, bends over a dog, placing his left hand on the head of the trustful animal. With a large brush he applies a smoking liquid to its side saying, “Come here poor Dog! Thee shalt...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 25 Aug 2016

The Alchemy of Madness: Understanding a Seventeenth-Century "Brain Scan"

The image above is a detail from a remarkable 1620 engraving I first came across this past summer. It shows a man sliding another figure into what looks like an old-fashioned oven - but instead of smoke, images of the man's thoughts billow out of the...
From: Res Obscura on 17 Dec 2015

Why Did Seventeenth-Century Europeans Eat Mummies?

Brazilian BBQ from Theodor de Bry, America Tertiae Pars (1592). In a previous post, I touched on the phenomenon of "cannibal medicine" in early modern Europe. It turns out that it was surprisingly common for medical patients in the sixteenth, seventeenth...
From: Res Obscura on 5 Dec 2015

The Mama Sherpas (2015) reviewed

The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 21 Sep 2015

Situating Drug Knowledge in China: A Digital Humanities Solution

By Michael Stanley-Baker Drugs, be they plant, animal or mineral, were important objects for trade, cure and even spiritual salvation throughout Chinese history even until today.  They appear in all sorts of diverse sources, from poems and diaries...
From: The Recipes Project on 11 Jun 2015

Henry Knox, Drug Dealer?

How many times does someone get the chance to read through the business correspondence files of one of the Founding Era’s most fascinating personalities? I had the distinct privilege of doing just that while researching an angle of Henry Knox’s Boston...

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