Weird Universe

Take off the fat where it shows

An ad in the News and Courier, July 10, 1910. Nowadays many women pay quite a bit of money to add fat where it's showing most conspicuously on the woman shown.

The product being hawked was Marmola, whose history is described over at The main ingredient was dessicated thryoid (on the theory that obesity is caused by an under-active thyroid) and various laxatives. The federal government eventually banned the sale of Marmola, insisting that it was useless and potentially dangerous. But this only happened in the 1940s, because the maker of Marmola kept managing to win the court cases brought against it in the 20s and 30s.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 12, 2012 | Number of Comments: 8
Category: Medicine, Advertising, 1910's, Breasts
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Did anyone else notice "abnormal" there in line 4? I guess that's changed.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/12/12 at 10:45 AM
My wife continues to turn down a free boob job from a local plastic surgeon who owes us money for something he bought from us. I also cannot interest Patty in going to EE's shut eye
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 11/12/12 at 03:36 PM
Big bottom, big bottom,
Talk about mud flaps, my girl's got 'em
Big bottom drive me out of my mind
How could I leave this behind?

tongue laugh
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 11/12/12 at 05:03 PM
Jeez. Now women are pumping themselves with silicone because of fat deficits. And men will continue to make "sympathetic remarks."

At least there is one constant. Snakeoil salemen will always be around to exploit the insecurities of the day.
Posted by Harvey on 11/12/12 at 05:57 PM
Made me think of the Brit ska band bad manners and their hit song LIP UP FATTY! cool smile
Posted by Tyrusguy on 11/12/12 at 06:14 PM
"Exercise and diet will not remove fat. This has been proved."
Posted by Miles on 11/12/12 at 08:53 PM
Snake oil is low cal, who knew.
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 11/12/12 at 09:13 PM
@Harvey: Today the snake oil salesmen don't only exploit insecurities they invent them! Especially the psychiatric fields.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/12/12 at 10:09 PM
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