Here is the nineteenth weekly digest for Animal History Daily, which I'm running on Twitter (@hannahvelten) every day for 2014. Using the #AHD tag, I find random titbits of animal history from the British Newspaper Archive (@BNArchive) on the appropriate day, from any year (generally the 1800s)
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
St Jacobs Oil - Veterinary Purposes in Yellow Wrappers
Burnley Gazette 28 July 1888
'The public are particularly cautioned to use the Oil in yellow wrappers ONLY for veterinary purposes - Oil in white wrappers is quite a different thing [for human medicine]... We should most certainly say, from the enormous popularity which the Oil has attained, not only in this country but in every part of the civilised world that no stable or kennel will be complete without St Jacobs Oil in yellow wrappers. It is now used extensively and with wonderful success by the leading Job-Masters [horse hirers], Omnibus and Cab Companies of London and provincial cities, in all cases where an outward application is indicated... Its success has been particularly marked in cases of lameness in our stables... it is the greatest pain-cure ever discovered... it is the cure of sprains, stiffness, lameness, and suffering on man and beast.'
This week's #AHD offerings:
Advertising gone wrong, a talking fish, inbreeding, a freak of nature, killing off gold-fish, circus elephant in town, and animal refugees.
7th May: 1892: Manchester seller of cattle feed used one fine horse & one decrepit for 'realistic' advertising, but police fined him for cruelty (Grantham Journal)
8th May: 1859: A 'Talking Fish' on show at 191, Piccadilly - actually female sealion - occupies half tub of water in day & has blanket at night (The Era)
9th May: 1840: 'In all animals the same family in blood coming together, degenerates the race, and a want of nervous energy is the consequence.' (Westmorland Gazette)
10th May: 1889: 'Freak of Nature': black kitten with its back part separated into two kittens & btwn head and two tails is leg - 7 legs in all (Hartlepool Mail)
11th May: 1889: Trying to keep goldfish alive when at sea - ending in calamity for the fish... (The Graphic)
12th May: 1906: Circus procession going through Ludlow & elephant stood on wooden door to cellar; one leg went through & whole house shook (Manchester Courier)
13th May: 1947: Over 40 animals/birds from German zoos arrived at Tilbury docks for @zsllondonzoo because of acute food shortages on Continent (Hull Daily Mail)
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