"From my Collection"
Some interesting examples from our collections
A CURE ALL? - 1
These Austrian Stamped to Order postcards sent at the cheap Foreign Printed Matter rate ("Drucksache") of 5 heller (= ½d) were a cheap method of publicising Marienbad tablets. The cards shown bear the head of the Emperor Franz Joseph from the 1908 issue and the second card was posted in 1910.
From the wording of the cards they are claimed to cure almost anything
and it is perhaps not surprising that it has been suggested that they were almost "quack medecines". They contained podophyllin, rhubarb powder and extracts of aloe, belladonna and cascara sagrada.
The product name capitalised on the fame of the fashionable Bohemian spa town of Marienbad, and was described as "totally misleading" in an address to the Royal Society of Medecine on "Proprietary, Patent and Secret Remedies" given in 1910.