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'Seajoy' motion sickness plaster, London, England, 1928-1930

Motion sickness is a highly unpleasant experience that travellers wish to avoid at all costs. This plaster was intended to be applied to the pit of the stomach for the duration of the journey and promised to make “sea, train or air sickness a thing of the past”. Each plaster cost 3 shillings. The plaster contained morphine – a highly addictive drug used for pain relief. From the letters of recommendation accompanying the packaging, the Seajoy plaster seems to have been effective, for some people at least.

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Glossary: plaster

A term that refers to a variety of protective coverings or dressings.

Glossary: morphine

A painkilling drug derived from opium. Morphine is used in hospitals around the world due to its relative lack of side effects.