Hall's Hair Renewer (c1880s) Vintage quack ad printed on wood
Art: Hall's hair renewer is probably one of the most famous quack products of the 19th century. Reuben P. Hall started selling his Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer around 1864 and it was still available in the 1930s. Hall's Hair Renewer had stiff competition from the other big name hair snake oil of the day Ayer's Hair Vigor. In fact Ayer bought Hall out in 1870 but continued to sell the brand alongside his own making Ayer a market leader in quack hair products for several years until others got in on the action in the 1880s. According to Hall himself the product formula was given to him by an Italian sailor hence the name Sicilian Hair Renewer.
The Woody is made from ½ inch wood with two ¼ inch batons on the back to raise the art off the wall and picture hanging hardware is applied for easy hanging. This design format provides a traditional picture look by adding a deep dimension to feature the piece on the wall.
The Woody offers a distinct advantage to printing art on paper. Wood is a natural stable medium, therefore it’s free of acids and other chemicals that will cause water marking, staining, fading and deterioration from light. Modern UV inks will retain their color properties for decades and when printed on wood will age beautifully thus creating additional value. It not only makes a great addition to your home, it’s also a one of a kind piece that will last a lifetime.
16” x 20” Woody
24" x 30” Woody
All prints are made from original art and re-prints are sold by permission from the owner. Art may show slight distress due to the age of the original art and factors from the wood.
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