Poster - Carbolic Smoke Ball Advertisement


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Poster - Carbolic Smoke Ball Advertisement
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Carlill vs Carbolic Smoke Ball Co. is probably the most famous case in English contract law.

The facts were thus:

In 1892 The Carbolic Smoke Ball Co. advertised a ᆪ100 reward for anyone who used its Smoke Ball and yet contracted influenza. When a certain Mrs. Carlill claimed the reward, the company told her that it considered her claim "impertinent" and referred her to its solicitor. It insisted that the offer of ᆪ100 was mere marketing 'puff' and not intended to give rise to a contract. She argued that it was a genuine offer which she had, by purchasing and using the Smoke Ball as advertised, accepted.

Mrs Carlill won the case and the rules of 'offer' and 'acceptance' were established as a precedent in contract law. The company subsequently folded, while Mrs Carlill lived to the ripe old age of 96, dying in 1942 - mainly of old age but also, according to her doctor, of . . . influenza.

This picture is reprinted from an original Carbolic Smoke Ball advertisement.

  • Actual product may vary in colour and size due to photographic lightening or your monitor settings.


Dimensions (In Inches) : 11.5" x 8"
Type : Unframed
Medium/Material : Archival Paper
Framing Suggestions : A white mount of 2"-4" and a thick black/brown wooden frame 
Portrait/Landscape : Portrait
Artist/Brand : Carbolic Smoke Ball Co.
SKU : LSM003Po

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