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.
Ads in newspapers
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is the selling point in the next three ads, but the fourth shows no sign
of it, which the 1906
food and drugs act probably banned. The ad is from July
10, 1885, The Delta Herald, Pennsylvania.
"Safe and always reliable" - for abortion?
The r's in Chichester's
disappears in the fourth and succeeding ads.
Below: From March
9, 1888, in the Hornellsville [New York] Weekly Tribune.
Below: From Dec.
28, 1888, in the Hornellsville [New York] Weekly Tribune.
Below: From July
12, 1938, in The Gettysburg [Pennsylvania] Times. The ads now say
they're for "monthly pain and delay [of menstruation]"
rather than the vaguer language above.
Below: From Oct.
3, 1939, in The Gettysburg [Pennsylvania] Times.
The next two ads show modernizing of the woman's face.
Below: From May 5,
1942, in the Portsmouth [New Hampshire] Herald.
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