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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:53 pm 
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I picked up this tin and to my surprise it is still full (Don't worry I'm not going to use it)

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I have a series of books with old adds in them from 1840 - 1940 and I found this advertisement for Merval Health Restorer.

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"Chickens cannot die if fed Merval"
... This is a pretty big statement...

So does anyone know anything more about Merval. I wonder what the ingredients are??

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 Post subject: Re: Merval Poultry Tonic
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Not only are the claims somewhat unsubstantiated, but they don't proof-read - Merval in most spots, but MARVEL in the text

I don't believe this company is still in business?

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 Post subject: Re: Merval Poultry Tonic
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Have you opened the tin to have a sniff?

My bet is on malt as the main ingredient but I really have no idea.

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What a great find Guineafowl :thumbs: , i love the marketing used on old tonics and medicines....

From near the bottom of the text , they have obviously stumbled upon the elixir of life .....

"Chickens cannot die if fed Merval"....now thats a claim and a half !


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Na I haven't opened it RJ, the lid appears to be rusted shut and I dont want to damage it. It does not smell too good from the outside though.

I only bought it for the tin, I collect old stuff like this and I was not expecting it to be full.

Now I am curious what the ingredients are of this 'Chickens cannot die' tonic.

Nevertheless it looks good in my collection...

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Haha sheesh. I would definitely buy some 'chickens cannot die' tonic if you could figure out the ingredients! I love all the stuff that was out and about before all those pesky false advertising laws became a big deal :)


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Ad is from 1927, so if "Chickens cannot die if fed Merval" we don't have 88 year old chickens running around??




Ron (Noted the Marvel typo as well.)

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it would be cool to have silver chooks run- make that hobbling around the yard laying once every 88 days!

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Likewise I would love to know what goes into such a marvelous elixir! I wonder how the ingredients would compare with avtycoon's poultry spice, a recreation of Coleman's Poultry Mustard.

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Hi, I collect old tins and wanted to share this one, which is in the book that the OP had in their pics. This is the earliest version that I know of, which is also the one in the book. Enjoy


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This thread is such a good history piece. Great addition to it PeterE.

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