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Carbolic Smoke Ball

Claims that the 'Carbolic Smoke Ball' could cure or prevent a whole array of maladies were challenged in a landmark case in the history of English contract law (Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co Ltd, 1893), after a Mrs Carlill used the ball but nevertheless contracted the flu. She was successful and awarded £100 in one of the earliest cases of consumer protection. 

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Inventory No. 13668, "Print, Advertisement, Hay Fever Positively Cured and Prevented by the Carbolic Smoke Ball, England, c. 1893"