A pioneering American woman physician and her mail-order business for women's diseases and menstruation: Dr. Grace Feder Thompson

Dr. Pierce's medical empire

Dr. Pierce's Vaginal Tablets

Lydia Pinkham's Private Text-Book Upon Ailments Peculiar to Women
Booklets for girls (mostly) directory
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation (and awesome ancient art of menstruation) |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Birth control and religion |
Birth control drugs, old |
Birth control douche & sponges |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation & menopause (& reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Contraceptive drugs, old |
Contraceptive douche & sponges |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Examination, gynecological (pelvic) (short history) |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Feminine napkin, towel, pad directory |
Founder/director biography |
Gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux |
Humor |
Huts |
Links |
Masturbation |
Media coverage of MUM |
Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
Miscellaneous |
Museum future |
Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
Odor |
Olor |
Pad, towel, napkin directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Sanitary napkin, towel, pad directory |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Towel, pad, sanitary napkin directory |
Underpants & panties directory |
Videos, films directory |
Words and expressions about menstruation |
Would you stop menstruating if you could? |
What did women do about menstruation in the past? |
Washable pads |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health
Former museum - future - visit to the museum comic strip


Compliments of
World Dispensary Medical Ass'n, Buffalo, N.Y., U.S.A.
No date, but possibly right after World War I

Dark and stormy night? The Great Gatsby's spooky eye-doctor's sign?

Do they have anything in common?


Except that they provoke "Well, I'll be darned!" (here and here) in this tiny, fragile booklet the popular Dr. R. V. Pierce published to hawk his patent medicine and doctoring in the late 19th to 20th centuries.

Like the towering Mrs. Lydia Pinkham, his number one rival in the American alcohol-plus-herbs business, the doctor published booklets like this one to snare customers looking for entertainment and edification.

In an era increasingly infused with another doctor's dream interpretation - Sigmund Freud's - Dr. Pierce offers interesting takes on what it means to dream of things like faces and funerals. They'll probably surprise you.

Dr. Pierce's medical empire.
See a similar Lydia Pinkham booklet.

Below: Back and front covers.  Each page measures 3 3/8 x 5 3/8" (8.6 x 13.7 cm).
In producing the booklet, the printer trimmed the pages askew and too closely
because the type and pictures were badly centered, chopping off most page numbers
and some page headings.

Next pages. Pages: Covers, front & back - inside front cover-1 2-3 4-5 6-7 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-19 20-21
22-23 24-25 26-27 28-29 30-31 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-39 40-41 42-43 44-45 46-47 48-inside back cover

Read the complete Home Treatment for Women (Cardui patent medicine, Chattanooga Medicine Company, early 20th century?)

Selections from Lectures on Chronic Catarrh (c. 1895), promoting the infamous patent medicine Pe-ru-na.

A pioneering American woman physician and her mail-order business for women's diseases and menstruation: Dr. Grace Feder Thompson.

Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and medicine business

Dr. Pierce's medical empire.

Dr. Pierce's Vaginal Tablets.
Lydia Pinkham's Private Text-Book Upon Ailments Peculiar to Women (1905-1910?).

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