Go to Cardui booklet covers, testimonials, examination sheet, The Twentieth Century Song Book
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A British Tampax ad using nudity (1992) - And see other ads directed at teenagers.

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).
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Cardui medicine for difficult menstruation, leucorrhea, backache, headache, dizziness and general female diseases
Two pages of testimonials from "Home Treatment for Women"

These are two pages from the lower booklet on the previous page; they contain the comments of happy users of the patent medicine Cardui. It was published by the Ladies Advisory Department of the Chattanooga Medicine Company, in Tennessee (U.S.A.).

Note the interesting language, especially on the right-hand page: "right smart while," female weakness," "my sick time," "doctor with a doctor." A woman I worked with, who is from a small town in Virginia, explained to me what "smart" meant in this context; she had heard her grandmother say it.

Much of the commentary is about painful menstruation, something this and many other patent medicines claimed, with justice, to help.

And no wonder. It was 19% alcohol by volume, 38 proof; that's stronger than wine.

SarahAnne Hazlewood generously donated the Cardui material to this museum.

Go to Cardui The Twentieth Century Song Book, bottle box, booklet covers, examination sheet - See Dr. Grace Feder Thompson's letter appealing for patients, Dr. Pierce's empire and Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound.

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