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Slide set: The fatal physic (comic: Bamforth & Co., 9 slides, 1883-1888)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
He turned to the still weeping husband and said, / 'The case is an awfully bad one -- but still
Slide 2**
He showed the prescription of wonderful length / Which mentioned some drugs of such terrible strength
Slide 3**
The chemist the mixture had scarcely tied down, / Than Hans was once more on his way from the town
Slide 4**
They seized on the bottle of physic in haste, / The cork was soon drawn and they each got a taste
Slide 5**
The pain in their stomachs each moment grew worse / Till they thought they would soon want a coffin or nurse
Slide 6**
They rolled on the green award with hideous cries / Their bodies swelled out to a terrible size
Slide 7**
Till he suddenly came within sight of a pump / And then he remembered the bottle he bore
Slide 8**
And when the old doctor stepped into the room, / He found there was mirth where he thought to find gloom
Slide 9
'Twas as long as his famous prescription had been, / And filled the poor peasant with rage and chagrin
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1887-1914 (item ref. 128)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

Main type of image
drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
unknown  (earliest possible 1883, latest possible 1888)
Reading or song

Robert Craven, ‘The fatal physic’ in Short lantern readings 6 (1889)


The images are obviously German in origin, as all text appearing within the images is in that language. However the artist is unknown - the style is apparently not that of Wilhelm Busch, the source of many similar British sets.


18 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000474

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 16 May 2024

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