M994X.5.273.159 | "The "Blue Glass" Cure for the Sick Child

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"The "Blue Glass" Cure for the Sick Child
John Wilson Bengough
1886, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Photoengraving
25.3 x 31.5 cm
Gift of Dr. Raymond Boyer
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , politics (general) (2228) , Print (10661)
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Just at this time the craze for "blue glass" as a medium for the "healing rays" of the sun, was at its height. Marvellous cures by this agency were reported from various quarters- generally a considerable distance away. The claims put forward by the Conservatives as to the virtues of "protection" to cure the commercial depression, were very much like those of the blue glass specialists. (Excerpt from: Bengough, John Wilson. A Caricature History of Canadian Politics: Events from the Union of 1841, as Illustrated by Cartoons from "Grip", and Various Other Sources. Toronto: The Grip Printing and Publishing Co, 1886.)

Cartoon originally published in Grip, March 17th, 1877