Complete set of Lydia Pinkham's vegetable compound product includes a (a) rectangular paper box; clear glass oval shaped (b) bottle two thirds full with black liquid with a pink paper label and black ink and a circular metal cap; (c) corrugated paper insert curved to fit inside box to pad bottle (d…
Complete set of Lydia Pinkham's vegetable compound product includes a (a) rectangular paper box; clear glass oval shaped (b) bottle two thirds full with black liquid with a pink paper label and black ink and a circular metal cap; (c) corrugated paper insert curved to fit inside box to pad bottle (d) bilingual, one-piece, folded paper instruction sheet; (e) separate piece of paper box top; bilingual text (English / French); cap sealed securely
Number Of Parts
a - box - Size: Length 21.0 cm x Width 9.0 cm x Depth 5.8 cm
b - bottle - Size: Length 20.5 cm x Diam. 22.7 cm
c - liner - Size: Length 24.6 cm x Width 15.1 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
d - instruction sheet - Size: Length 23.0 cm x Width 17.8 cm
e - box top - Size: Length 9.2 cm x Width 8.2 cm
Given to donor, Dr Robert Reid, in 1985 by Queen's medical photographer Ron Irvine.
Printed on box: "LYDIA E. PINKHAM'S // VEGETABLE // COMPOUND // No. 19, 074 // Cobourg, Ont., Can. and Lynn, Mass., U.S.A. // Contents 14 1/2 Fluid Ounces"; moulded into back of glass bottle: "14 1/2 OZS. // LYDIA E. PINKHAM'S // MEDICINE"
(a-c, e) Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row C
(d) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 19
Box has a small puncture on the front face and box top is separated; box shows wear along edges; slight discolouration on inside of glass bottle; brittle instruction sheet has numerous breaks and folds along its sides.
Dr Robert Reid was a president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen's University; he graduated from the Queen's School of Medicine in 1974.
Written on bottle label: "Recommended as a tonic and uterine sedative for functional ailments of women, such as excessive and painful menstruation and nervousness associated with uterine disorders. Also indicated in cases of poor appetite, nervousness, pregnancy and convelescence where the diet has been lacking in B1."
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.
Number Of Parts
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 - aPink - a - Pink // The Saviour of the human race."
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; CD #6
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.