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Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound

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Collection
Dr Robert Reid Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
007029001 a-e
Description
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…
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Accession Number
007029001 a-e
Collection
Dr Robert Reid Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
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
5
Part Names
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
Provenance
Given to donor, Dr Robert Reid, in 1985 by Queen's medical photographer Ron Irvine.
Maker
Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company
Site Made (City)
Cobourg
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Material
paper: pink, tan
ink: black
glass: clear
metal: gtold
liquid: black
Inscriptions
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"
Permanent Location
(a-c, e) Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row C
(d) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 19
Condition Remarks
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.
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
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."
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So drinka - drinka - drink [advertising verse]

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Collection
Dr Robert Reid Collection
Category
Ephemera
Classification
Ephemera
Accession Number
007029002
Description
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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Accession Number
007029002
Collection
Dr Robert Reid Collection
Category
Ephemera
Classification
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Advertising -- ephemera
Poetry -- ephemera
Description
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
1
Provenance
Given to Dr. Robert Reid circa 1985 by Ron Irvine of Queen's medical photography.
Material
paper: white
graphite: grey
ink: red, blue
Inscriptions
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."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 19
Dimension Notes
Length 29.7 cm x Width 20.9 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
Condition Remarks
Paper folded severely and flattened
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Wikipedia: Lydia Pinkham; CD #6
Research Facts
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.
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