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.:
"Fruits and Candies"
The Pinkham company published
many things in its long history,
and Candies, a combination
cookbook and health advisor
(below), where we can read a
recipe for peach gâteau just
above a cure for vaginal
The booklet dates probably from
the late 1920s, when the Pinkham
Vegetable Compound was selling
very well, being a legal source of
alcohol during the prohibition of
most drinking alcohol in the
The cover resembles Maxfield
Parrish's work, which influenced
American illustration in much of
the early 20th century.
generously donated the material
to this museum.
NEXT: More selections
from "Fruits and
Candies" pamphlet - 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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