Keeley Cure

Peter Weiglin <omnibus@...>

First, I wrote:

The "Keeley Cure" was a treatment for rehabilitating people addicted to liquor or drugs. Named for its developer, Dr. Leslie E. Keeley. Keeley was regarded as a quack, but the stuff sold. He also became a vaudeville joke, which is likely how the name was appropriated for many "curative" processes other than addiction. Including car journals.

And Tony Thompson commented:

Fascinating. This would mean that RR drawings for this device are
unlikely to be called "Keeleys" on the drawing. <g>

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Funny thing is, given a whimsical shop foreman (a concept that gives one pause in itself), they could have used that name on a drawing. In that early Twentieth Century period, the phrase "giving (someone or something) a Keeley Cure," or "taking the Keeley Cure" was used to mean applying a drastic remedy to a given problem. So, if a device that was used to apply a drastic remedy (e.g. a hammer used to silence a Mooing stock car) were to be referred to as a "Keeley," the people of that time would have understood instantly.

Peter Weiglin
San Mateo, CA

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