[Investigation of patent medicines by post]
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- Wellcome Foundation Ltd
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About this work
It is not readily apparent whether the exercise was related to a specific legal case, although the time-span (1902-1903) co-incides with Thompson & Capper. Amongst the material is a hand-written note (stamped 25 October, 1902) from A E Warden, addressed to Mr Wellcome and Mr Smith, referring to "Tabloid" products and to producing "a large amount of evidence". Also, there are 18 typescript sheets listing names of advertisers, their addresses, and the products promoted, and noting, through close comparison, examples of bogus references, suppliers operating under more than one name, comparing handwriting and type of paper used, etc.
Amongst the material, the ailments for which patent remedies were sold include drunkenness, hair loss, blushing, and corpulency. The link with "Tabloid" investigation is suggested by, for example, literature for "Taylor's World-Renowned Anti-Fat Tabloids." Most material rests within the original envelope in which it was posted.