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Original Arkansas Traveling Medicine Show Snake Oil Trade Sign

Circa 1920s: Step right up! Here is an eye catching piece of antique advertising that hearkens us back to the days when traveling medicine shows creaked through the small towns of the rural American countryside and the barkers, perched atop their wagons, peddled their cure-alls to the gathering crowds. Our research indicates that there was one Chular family and one Anwor family residing in Arkansas in the prohibition era of the Roaring Twenties and that both of these clans were of Portugese descent. From this, we can ascertain that Chular & Anwor (What a pair they must have been!) were most probably gypsies who ambled from Bible Belt town to Bible Belt town peddling their boozy snake oil to saints and sinners alike throughout the Ozarks and up and down the muddy Mississippi River where modern medicine and the comforts of such things as electricity and telephones had yet to take wide spread root among the general populace. Measuring a petite 13.25" x 11.5" with slight typical age related warpage, this beveled and original paint decorated three-color wooden trade sign is extremely well done and graphically pleasing. Note the outlined letters, the use of both uppper and lower case cursive and block lettering in a range of sizes, and the fact that one line, "Safe & Special Treatment," is both in cursive and slightly askew in order to highlight their products' effectivenss. Additionally, Chular and Anwor's specifics were said to be good for a number of maladies: eye, ear, catarrh (stuffy nose and throat), falling hair, and, last but not least, weak nerves! We don't how you feel, but we'll take a large bottle of each of them, please.

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Antique Wooden Painted Trade Sign 1920s Gypsy Snake Oil Traveling Medicine Show Sign For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Antique Wooden Painted Trade Sign 1920s Gypsy Snake Oil Traveling Medicine Show Sign For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Antique Wooden Painted Trade Sign 1920s Gypsy Snake Oil Traveling Medicine Show Sign For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Antique Wooden Painted Trade Sign 1920s Gypsy Snake Oil Traveling Medicine Show Sign For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Original Arkansas Traveling Medicine Show Snake Oil Trade Sign
For Sale: $950


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