Chichesters (or Chi-ches-ters or with 's) English Pennyroyal Diamond
Brand pills for menstruation problems like pain, scanty or no menses (amenorrhea,
dysmenorrhea), and probably abortion, 1890s-early 20th century, U.S.A.
Cardboard box, pills
and instructions, after 1939
See the captions for a discussion of the new ingredients.
Harry Finley created the images.
I thank the retired teacher who donated this material!
Below: This cardboard box appeared after 1939 (see the
3rd picture, below). It measures 2 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1" (6 x 3.5 x 2.5
About the ingredient cramp bark: according
Although little clinical evidence for its effectiveness
exists, cramp bark may be taken by mouth to relieve menstrual, muscle,
or stomach cramping.
Because cramp bark may relax the uterus -- possibly causing a miscarriage,
pregnant women should not take it.
It appears that yes, it can relieve pain but also
abort a fetus. Different ingredients later on (see the following page) seemed
to have not caused abortions.
Black haw: according
Black haw has been used to ease the symptoms
of menopause and menstrual discomfort. Black haw has also been used for
false labor pains and in threatened miscarriage. In addition, it has been
used to lower blood pressure in hypertension and as an anti-spasmodic the
treatment of asthma.
Below: Look at the ribbon, a feature of
the company's packaging.
Below: The ends. The Art Deco borders reflect
that vanishing style.
Below: The sides are identical.
Below: The pills look like reverse Oreos.
The instructions under the pills are on
the next page.
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