Box of Fennings' indigestion tablets, England, 1940-1980

Made:
1940-1980 in Lancing
maker:
Alfred Fennings

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From top left, clockwise: 1986-1249/70, 1x72 box of Fennings' family pills, by Alfred Fennings, 1940-1970.
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1x15 phial, in box, of Fenning's indigestion tablets, by Alfred Fennings, 1940-1980

Fennings’ indigestion tablets were taken to ease hiccoughs, excessive gases in the gut and intestines, heartburn and nausea. The tablets were also recommended for similar complaints during pregnancy.

Alfred Fennings (d. 1900) opened his first shop – the Golden Key pharmacy – in London in 1840. Highly adept at advertising and marketing, he went on to create a very successful business producing a range of products which became popular ‘over the counter’ medicines bought by generations of shoppers. Although several Fennings’ products are still sold today, some of his earlier claims – including ‘cures’ for cholera and whooping cough – were highly dubious. On his death, trustees took over the running of the business and the profits went to a children’s charity. (Pictured here with other Fennings’ products).

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
1986-1249/71
Materials:
glass, paper
type:
fennings' product

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