Vintage health & medical

Get Benjamin Franklin's advice for better sleep
Get Benjamin Franklin’s advice for better sleep

While Benjamin Franklin may be known for ‘Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,’ that wasn’t his only insight on the subject of sleep. In the summer of 1786, he wrote this, summing up his advice for better sleep.

How X-ray shoe fittings used to really be a thing years ago
How X-ray shoe fittings used to really be a thing years ago

Back in the 1920s, footwear manufacturers and merchants decided that X-ray shoe fittings could bring in lots of customers – people who would be thrilled to let a recent scientific advance help them find the perfect shoe. There was just a little problem…

Antique painting of a mother and baby (1916)
The old-fashioned benefits of breastfeeding

The old-fashioned benefits of breastfeeding are many, no matter what century you’re living in. Here’s a look back at some of what experts were saying about nursing babies back in the early 1900s.

Excedrin for a headache THIS big - Vintage 1980s ad
Excedrin: I had a headache THIS big… (1985)

This vintage ad featured the tagline ‘I had a headache this big… and it’s got Excedrin written all over it.’ That sentence ended up becoming one of the most enduring slogans of the eighties.

Miss Lina Cavalieri circus
Women: How to gain weight (1918)

Hot chocolate. Roast beef. Bread with butter. Naps. No, this isn’t the ideal vacation, but tips on how to gain weight from a famous actress of long ago.

Why grow old Plastic surgery in the 1920s
Why grow old? Plastic surgery in the 1920s

Based on the state of plastic surgery in the 1920s, and with regular improvements in science, one journalist suggested in 1922 that soon women wouldn’t have to age – ‘I mean shriveled or waddling old and all that.’