for menstrual period pain and problems. See
more remedies here.
A discussion of
the letter testimonials, and their
authenticity, of the Pinkham company (in a
discussion of a Pursettes ad with a letter
See two letters to MUM about the ingredients of her
Compound, and one about the lyrics of
pop song, Lily
the Pink, about her.
Other amazing women:
Nelli Bly, Dr.
Marie Stopes, Dr.
Grace Feder Thompson
The Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Co.,
maker of medicine for headaches,
stomach illness, insomnia, depression,
cancer, tumors, women's diseases,
flatulence, menstruation, fertility, etc.:
Other side of
with a modern bottle of Lydia Pinkham's
These are the instructions that
came in the recent box of
Pinkham's Tablets. I show them for
what it's worth; something
has soaked the paper, making it
translucent. But it gives
an idea of what Late Pinkham Style
Note in the short instructions
section, at the lower part of the
right page, that the company refuses to
answer medical questions
(probably for legal reasons),
change from its early
stand (see the trade card).
Many patent medicine makers sought
medical questions from users,
and Dr. Grace Thompson,
but in the 1900s American law
tightened up on the claims and
actions of the makers.
generously donated the Tablet
material to this museum.
Other side of
Schlesinger Library, of the
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced
Study, part of Harvard
University, has probably
collection of material
about the Pinkham enterprise, the
records of the Lydia E. Pinkham
Part of the donation of
SarahAnne Hazelwood to this
museum, much of it patent medicine
and old medical equipment, was a
very interesting biography and
study of Mrs. Pinkham's business,
Complaints: Lydia Pinkham and
the Business of Women's Medicine,
by Sarah Stage.
See two letters to MUM about the
of her Compound, and one
about the lyrics of an English pop
Lily the Pink, about her.
women: Nelli Bly, Dr.
Dr. Grace Feder Thompson
See also the patent medicine
Dr. Grace Feder Thompson's
appealing for patients, Dr. Pierce's
medicines, and Orange
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