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.:
Pinkham mending kit
This cardboard mending kit,
matchbook size, enabled Mrs.
Pinkham to stare at anyone mending
clothing, reminding them to
refresh her stock of the Vegetable
Compound. I don't know the date.
My cats also sit and stare at me;
who knows what's behind that,
since I don't think they're trying
to sell me something.
But - think about it - if the
mender had downed too much of Mrs.
Pinkham's brew she wouldn't have
been able to mend straight!!
That's terrible, but I heard it at
the 1997 conference of The Society
for Menstrual Cycle Research
in the context of, "Did you hear
about the nearsighted seamstress?"
Just try stopping that
about Mrs. Pinkham.
NEXT: "Stretching Your Dollar" pamphlet: selections -
See more Mrs. Pinkham, below (and
see her first page)
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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