YOUR remedies for menstrual period
pain and problems.
A discussion of the letter testimonials,
and their authenticity, of the Pinkham company (in a discussion of a Pursettes
ad with a letter testimonial)
See two letters to MUM about the ingredients
of her Compound, and one about the lyrics of an English
pop song, Lily the Pink, about her.
Other amazing women: Nelli
Bly, Dr. Marie Stopes,
Dr. Grace Feder Thompson
YOUR remedies for
menstrual period pain and problems. See more remedies here.
The Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Co., maker of medicine for headaches,
stomach illness, insomnia, depression, cancer, tumors, women's diseases,
flatulence, menstruation, fertility, etc.:
One of many marketing devices the Pinkham company created during its
long life (others included trade cards, sewing kits, a health-advice book),
"Home Exercises" actually gives advice valid today: Exercise
and don't overeat!
But the main point was of course to sell the company's medicines, of
more questionable value.
Interspersed with exercise instructions lurked letters
from happy consumers of the Vegetable Compound, Liver Pills, Blood
Medicine and Sanative Wash, a compound for vaginal douching. Readers could
write these ladies who claimed to benefit from the several cures, a change
from earlier days brought about by skeptics who wondered
if these satisfied patients existed. The company accumulated thousands
of testimonies . (Read what the company itself said
Below: Back cover. The booklet measures
4 1/4 x 6 7/8" (11 x 17.5 cm).
See two more hiking ladies in a fabulous window
ad for menstrual pads from Nazi Germany.
As I scanned the ratty booklet it fell apart,
thus the askew covers, below.
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