JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
There was perhaps nothing so satisfying to a fellow in America in 1878 than to have a massive moustache--or at least the idea of one, a call to high fashion in hairstyles for men. But since not everyone could produce a garden on their upper lip there was always someone around to take advantage of the necessity of hope--in this case, the hope was provided by Smith & Co of Palatine, Illinois. They sold a concoction of some sort that promised (on three applications) to produce a heavy moustache and/or beard with 'no injury".
The detail from the following snippet, which is actually a tiny detail from a full-page sheert of ads (see below):
A little research reveals the packet for the miracle-grow:
[Source, Historic New England site]
I'm sorry now that I didn't collect these before-and-after images, as I've seen dozens over the years--this one was a little too beforey-and-aftery to pass up.