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Cures Wounds & Sores

Cures Wounds and SoresA faded advertisement- or ‘ghost sign’- painted on the side of a house, Regent Square WC1. November 2014

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8 responses

  1. I wonder what it was that cured those sores?
    Happy New Year! Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete 🙂 Happy new year to you also.

      I drive past the sign often and have always wondered about its origins. I’ve tried researching the slogan but haven’t found an answer unfortunately. If any readers have some information on it I’d love to know!

  2. Well, honey is one of nature’s medicines, and works well as a cure for sores and minor wounds, bur I don’t expect that is the product being advertised. 🙂

    I wish these old signs were preserved, they are so much a part of our social history and are far more attractive – IMHO – than the gaudy, dumbed-down posters we see today.

    They are gradually fading from the walls here in France, sadly. I’d love to have the resources to be able to travel the country photographing them before they are gone for ever.

    Have a good 2015.

    1. Nice comment, merewoman 🙂 Happy 2015 to you too.

    2. Couldn’t agree more with this comment.
      So much more civilised than the ads of today that bombard us at every turn.
      Thanks for posting the photo Robert.
      I’m really loving the site. Discovered it over Xmas and am currently working my way through the archive of past posts. Fascinating stuff. Keep up the good work. 🙂
      Here are a couple of links to websites that feature more of these nuggets of history.

      http://www.hatads.org.uk/ads/ghostsigns.aspx
      and
      http://www.ghostsigns.co.uk

  3. When you look at the full sign, you can see that it was Bates’s Salve that was claimed to cure wounds and sores.

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