See an ad for Dr. Schenk's
Mandrake Pills, appearing on a trade
card for journalist Nellie
See Dr. Grace Feder Thompson's letter
appealing for patients, Lydia E. Pinkham's
Vegetable Compound, and Orange Blossom
medicine, Dr. E. C. Abbey's The Sexual System and
Its Derangements, which emphasises
masturbation, as doe Dr. Pierce, and several
small boxes of old
American patent medicine for women.
And, of course, the first Tampax AND -
special for you! - the American fax
tampon, from the early 1930s, which also
came in bags.
See a Modess True
or False? ad in The American Girl
magazine, January 1947, and actress Carol Lynley in
"How Shall I Tell My Daughter" booklet ad
(1955) - Modess . . .
. because ads (many dates).
Dr. Young's Improved Rectal Dilators for
the Auxiliary Treatment of Piles and
Constipation (U.S.A., 1900?-1940?)
See the first
page for a discussion.
generously donated the dilators
to this museum.
Read the instructions
and see the box.
The box - you see
the inside of the cover, above -
measures 6.25" long x 3.125" high
x 4.25" deep.
Below: the inside
of the cover, enlarged. Wise Dr.
Young advises against using them
if the owner has "certain" cancers
of the rectum.
The outer surface
of the box is black, with a nice
raised pattern, above.
Below: The box also
holds a card, below, for giving
your constipated friends
information about Dr. Young's
miracle without having to
personally describe it. I wonder
how many friends, perhaps now
former friends, would have
appreciated your thoughtfulness.
The dark bar behind "You have
friends" is red, as is the
Chicago also housed
some early - the earliest? -
makers of commercial tampons.
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