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About Aspro

Just one of the many side effects of WWI was the suspension of German imports, specifically the miracle headache cure, Aspirin. Following several years of trial and error, pharmacist George Nicolas successfully cooked up a batch of pure aspirin and, together with his brother Alfred, patented the name Aspro in April 1917. By the mid-1920s their successful company had expanded into the UK, Europe and Asia.

Contemporary newspapers carry advertisements for the Nicholas brothers' new product, including the advertising blitz spruiking free samples that cost an estimated £2000 (equivalent to almost $200,000). Aspro remains remarkably effective today, but 100 years ago it was claimed to cure all manner of complaints, including anxiety during wartime, shell shock in war's aftermath, insomnia and depression. A wonder drug indeed!

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Advertisement for Aspro, Jack Cato, 1889–1971, ca. 1947


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