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Advertising Poster for Potter's Catarrh Pastilles
Photo: Cyril
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Item #: 32897
I came across this advertising poster for Potter's Catarrh Pastilles on the internet. I remember these pastilles when manufactured from the original formula, they were excellent for head colds with stuffy noses and blocked sinuses, the very strong flavour wasn't to everyone's taste though.

During the time I worked at Potter's I was told about the boiler/watchman who lived in a cottage within the grounds of Leyland Mill, he had a liking for the sugar coating on the pastilles, though once this had been sucked away the pastille would be spat out and they could be seen everywhere.

Latterly the pastilles recipe was reformulated and didn't taste the same and in my opinion they wasn't as effective in clearing chronic catarrh.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st January 2021 at 09:32

I can remember these in our house. I think they were my mothers. I remember sucking one and after the sugar had gone they tasted peculiar and rubbery, I remember spitting it out in the fire! I know she suffered with chronic catarrh. Perhaps a result of breathing cotton waste in the mill and smoking.

Comment by: rt on 22nd January 2021 at 02:06

are these not the same as the potters pastille that you can buy today from the chemist

Comment by: Cyril on 22nd January 2021 at 17:35

rt, they are still sold, but not to the original recipe, they had to be re-formulated with certain ingredients left out, much the same way that happened to Victory V Lozenges, both products didn't taste or smell the same after, (which was like a very strong clinical antiseptic and chloroform,) nor did they seem to have the same effect on clearing the tubes.

That reminds me are Zoob's still around - with the horse in the advertisement saying 'feeling a little hoarse, go suck a Zoob' they were another good throat product.

Comment by: Pete Barker on 24th January 2021 at 04:44

No,no,no,no,no ! That looks like Jim Trott off Vicar of Dibley ?

Comment by: Veronica on 25th January 2021 at 06:23

He does too! I wonder if he's wearing wellies.

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