The True Tale of Trilby Tersely Told

The True Tale of Trilby Tersely Told
The True Tale of Trilby Tersely Told (Baltimore: Emerson Drug Co., 1895)
Special Collections, Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, Delaware Art Museum

Even businesses jumped on the parody bandwagon just as quickly as they had on the initial Trilby one. Emerson Drug Company, the maker of Bromo-Seltzer, a medication that was touted to relieve headaches, soothe the stomach, and settle nerves, produced an illustrated pamphlet called The True Tale of Trilby Tersely Told in 1895. Referencing Svengali’s use of hypnotism to alleviate Trilby’s headache, the pamphlet offers the public a safer alternative:

Had she spurned Svengali’s offer
When her headache made her sick,
And just taken Bromo-Seltzer,
‘Twould have cured her just as quick.

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The True Tale of Trilby Tersely Told