A discussion of the
letter testimonials, and their
authenticity, of the Pinkham company (in a
discussion of a Pursettes ad with a letter
See three letters to MUM about the ingredients of her
Compound, and one about the lyrics of an
pop song, Lily the
parody of "Yes,
We Have No Bananas" from an American newspaper)
menstrual hygiene companies made for girls,
women and teachers - patent
medicine - a list
of books and articles about menstruation - videos
The Museum of Menstruation and Women's
Practical Cooking Recipes (1925,
Pinkham Medicine Co., U.S.A.)
promoting Lydia E. Pinkham's
Previous owners obviously used the
booklet but it's in good enough
shape for our purposes.
I thank the donor!
cover. The booklet
measures 4 1/2 x 6 15/16"
(11.4 x 17.5 cm).
Only the front and back
covers have a second color,
The booklet's in terrible
shape; the stains
might come from kitchen use.
A previous owner dogeared
at least one page and penciled
changes to a recipe.
cover. The cook's disheveled
apron and great smile
betray the ca. 20 percent
alcohol content of
the signature Lydia E.
Pinkham Vegetable Compound.
America's immigrants - is
that an ethnic costume hat
from Europe? Dutch? - showed
their self-starter character
in undermining the banning
of most alcohol at this
Part of the back cover, enlarged: I
don't see any empties on the floor
so the lady is probably working on
first bottle of the Pinkham
Vegetable Compound, at this sitting
Greeting her daughter (above)
can still stand in spite of
percent alcohol, a boon to
ladies during Prohibition,
is when this booklet appeared.
Pinkham ads emphasized the need to
take the Compound often - every day
worked wonders - to
solve your problems.
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