Check Out 1896 Hannibal Wacky Medicine Ad I Found on Ebay
It's no secret that Hannibal, Missouri has a rich history. Being the boyhood home of Mark Twain is only one of the perks of living in such a history-rich area. Based on something I just found on Ebay, you can add wacky medicine to that historical list.
Couple things to note: 1. This is not my listing and I have nothing to sell. 2. I don't guarantee anything this seller says since Ebay is always an exercise in deciding if you can trust a seller/buyer, etc. But, the listing claims this is a 1896 Hannibal Missouri Hunstock Headline Quack Medicine Ad that's original and not a reprint.
Since Ebay listings come and go all the time, here's a screenshot as it appears now so you know I'm not making this up.
According to the listing, this was neatly clipped from a 1896 magazine. Check it out full size.
That led me to a fascinating article that Mary Lou Montgomery wrote about the Hunstock family and their time in Hannibal. One thing Mary Lou mentioned in her story is that one of the Hunstock sons was lost in a cave in Hannibal around 1870 and that might have inspired the Tom Sawyer story as written/told by Mark Twain eventually. If you love Hannibal history, seriously take the time to read Mary Lou Montgomery's story. It's a great read.
As for the Ebay listing, if the seller is legit a mere $17.99 (plus shipping) could land you some neat Hannibal history. As for headaches, I think I'll stick with aspirin though.