Handwritten advertising verse in pencil on lined piece of paper with two hole punched; three stanzas and one chorus verse describes advertising about Lydia Pinkhams' vegetable compound.
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Given to Dr. Robert Reid circa 1985 by Ron Irvine of Queen's medical photography.
ink: red, blue
First stanza: "Mrs. Murphy - she had a stricture, // She could hardly pee at all, // Then they gave her vegetable compound, // Now she clears a ten foot wall"; chorus: "So drinka- drinka-drink, // A Lydia Pinka - a - Pink - a - Pink // The Saviour of the human race // Now Mrs. Jones, she had no breast works // She could hardly fill a blouse. // Then they fed her vegetable compound // Now they milk her with the rest of the cows. // Chorus // Mrs. Brown, she had no babies, // 'Twas a terrible disgrace // Then they gave her vegetable compound // Now she has them all over the place."
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 19
Length 29.7 cm x Width 20.9 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
Paper folded severely and flattened
Wikipedia: Lydia Pinkham
Lydia Pinkham vegetable compound contained a large percentage of alcohol which was a standard component at the time of manufacture. Her advertising slogans were turned into popular drinking songs and non-authorized verses were created.