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'All Through Obliging A Lady', music cover, London, England, 1882

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The song ‘All Through Obliging A Lady’ was written, composed and sung by Arthur Lloyd, one of the leading music hall and theatre stars of the second half of the 1800s. In helping a lady our hero has picked up a heavy cold and now sits forlornly at home. Made comfortable with a bandage around his head and his feet in a warm bowl of water, in front of him lies a wrapper for ‘Alcock’s Porous Plasters’. These plasters were a quack remedy which were claimed to "possess the power of accumulating electricity” and when stuck on to a patient’s body caused “pain and morbid action to cease”.

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