Picture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection
Having caught a bad cold "all through obliging a lady," the patient on this song cover has prescribed his own remedies. On his chest he wears an Allcock's Porous Plaster, an unusual rubberized plaster with punched holes that allowed accumulated moisture to escape. The product was developed by Dr. Thomas Allcock in Ossining, New York, and first marketed around 1860. Further, the patient has placed both feet in a solution of Coleman's Mustard and boiling water; he has even bandaged his head to relieve his headache. All of this was the subject of a comic song written and sung by Arthur Lloyd, a well-known music hall performer in Victorian England. William H. Helfand, from The Picture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection (1991), p. 136.