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Ayer's Cherry Pectora [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001654
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: chromolithograph of a young girl standing under a tree watching two birds eat some cherries from it; house and field in background; back describes the product and what it cures.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001654
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: chromolithograph of a young girl standing under a tree watching two birds eat some cherries from it; house and field in background; back describes the product and what it cures.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1996.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Date Remarks
Before 1906 ("cure") but after trade cards became popular in 1870's
Material
paper: green; red; yellow; brown; blue
Inscriptions
"AYER'S CHERRY PECTORAL, // For the cure of // Coughs, Colds, Asthma, Croup, // Bronchitis, Whooping Cough, // and Consumption. // PREPARED BY DR. J.C. AYER & CO., LOWELL, MASS., U.S.A. // Over."; back: description of cure
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 12.0 cm. x Width: 6.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration and some stain-like dark streaks; small spot along top edge near right where top paper has come off
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Research Facts
identical picture p. 131 of "American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young
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Ayer's Cherry Pectoral [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001647
Description
Trade card, coloured, advertising Ayer's Cherry Pectoral showing two toddlers and a giant bottle of Ayer's with a cherry branch; back describes curative properties and strength of the Pectoral.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001647
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Trade card, coloured, advertising Ayer's Cherry Pectoral showing two toddlers and a giant bottle of Ayer's with a cherry branch; back describes curative properties and strength of the Pectoral.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Material
paper: green; blue; brown; white; orange; grey; red
Inscriptions
Front reads: "AYER'S CHERRY PECTORAL // Cures Colds, Coughs & all Diseases // of the Throat and Lungs"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 6.5 cm. x Width: 11.8 cm.
Condition Remarks
Large bend, upper right corner; bend, upper left corner; bend, lower left corner; lower right corner shows evidence of rubbing; some bald patches on back
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young, pp. 130-134; "The Golden Age of Quackery" by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 10-11, 47, 50-51; "Secret Nostrums and Systems" by Chas. W. Oleson, p. 9; The Great American Fraud" by Samuel Hopkins Adams, p. 181
Research Facts
Ayer began his career working at an apothecary shop in Lowell, Mass.; studied medicine with a local physician, bought a drugstore in 1841, and later got a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania; began marketing Cherry Pectoral "about midcentury" and followed with other medicines; the Cherry Pectoral was first compounded in Jacob Robbins' Drug Store, Lowell, Mass.; later bought Robbins' Drugstore with money borrowed from his uncle; contained heroin; recipe for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral (from Pacific Med. and Surg. Journal): acetate of morphia, 3 gr., tincture of bloodroot, 2 dr., wine antimony, 3 dr., wine ipecac, 3 dr., syrup wild cherry, 3 oz.; Ayer's Cherry Pectoral was praised for its full labelling of its product -- it printed on its label, as the law required, "the proportion of heroin contained in it" as well as all other ingredients and their proportion.
A Native American medicinal staple, the bark of wild cherry is used for its medicinal properties; it is most commonly used to treat symptoms of respiratory ailments, such as colds and bronchitis; its sedative, drying, and expectorant properties make it a common ingredient in cough syrups; also used to treat pain and digestive disorders. Cherry bark is great at combating dry and irritable coughs. Overuse of cherry bark can be toxic.
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Ayer's Cherry Pectoral [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001648
Description
Small trade card for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: young woman carrying a basket full of cherries (chromolithograph); back: description of what it cures.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001648
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Small trade card for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: young woman carrying a basket full of cherries (chromolithograph); back: description of what it cures.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1996.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Date Remarks
Says "cure", so before 1906, but cards popular in 1870's-1900's
Material
paper: red; blue; green; yellow; brown
Inscriptions
"AYER'S // CHERRY PECTORAL // Cures Colds, Coughs, // and all Diseases // of the Throat and Lungs."; back: "TOO MUCH STRESS CANNOT // be laid upon the admonition to // all persons affected by ..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.7 cm. x Width: 6.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Mild age/sun discolouration and mild staining on the back
Copy Type
Original
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Ayer's Cherry Pectoral [advertising trade card]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact2694
Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001657
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: a chromolithographic depiction of Penn's Treaty (c. 1682-83) but substituting Ayer's Product; back relates product to Treaty and what benefits could be had from this "cure".
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001657
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: a chromolithographic depiction of Penn's Treaty (c. 1682-83) but substituting Ayer's Product; back relates product to Treaty and what benefits could be had from this "cure".
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1996.
Maker
Dr. J.C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Date Remarks
Says "cure", so before 1906
Material
paper: green; blue; pink; brown; black
Inscriptions
"AYER'S // CHERRY // PECTORAL // CURES // COLDS // COUGHS // &c. // PENN'S TREATY. (1682 or 1683?) Over."; back: "THE DATE OF Penn's Treaty is // in dispute, but it is universally // admitted that ..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.9 cm. x Width: 6.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Slightly age/sun discoloured; some of backing has been torn up, and other pieces of paper stuck on
Copy Type
Original
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Ayer's Hair Vigor [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001655
Description
Trade card advertising Ayer's Hair Vigor showing a ship sinking in the background with mermaids rescuing boxes of their Vigor; four mermaids in foreground combing hair, etc.; Stars & Stripes on rigging is upside down, in distress position; back describes composition and properties.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001655
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Hair Preparations -- advertisements
Description
Trade card advertising Ayer's Hair Vigor showing a ship sinking in the background with mermaids rescuing boxes of their Vigor; four mermaids in foreground combing hair, etc.; Stars & Stripes on rigging is upside down, in distress position; back describes composition and properties.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1996.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Date Remarks
Between 1870 and 1900
Material
paper: green; red; yellow; white; blue; taupe
Inscriptions
Front reads, "AYERS HAIR VIGOR // FOR THE TOILET // Restores Gray Hair to its Natural Vitality and Color // PREPARED BY DR. J.C. AYER & CO., LOWELL, MASS. U.S.A."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 6.7 cm. x Width: 10.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some smudging on edges; back discoloured; warped near right edge
Copy Type
Original
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Ayer's Pills [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1865
1906
circa 1865-1906
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001759
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Pills; front: chromolithograph of a soldier in red and blue carrying a flag for Ayers Pills and killing a soldier in blue; back: product promises and facsimile of glass vial used in steamy climates.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001759
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
MM= Drugs -- cathartics -- advertisements
MM= Drugs -- digestive disorders -- advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Pills; front: chromolithograph of a soldier in red and blue carrying a flag for Ayers Pills and killing a soldier in blue; back: product promises and facsimile of glass vial used in steamy climates.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1865
1906
circa 1865-1906
Date Remarks
After American Civil War (1861-65) but before 1906 ("cures")
Material
paper: red; green; yellow; blue; brown
Inscriptions
"AYER'S PILLS"; back: ""THE FIGHT FOR THE STANDARD" // is over, and it is universally // acknowledged that AYER'S PILLS // are the only STANDARD cathartic // medicine of the age. The disorders // which they are designed to cure // include Constipation, or Costive- // ness, Indigestion, Dyspepsia, // Biliousness, Heartburn, Loss // of Appetite, Flatulency, Foul Stomach, // Nausea, Dizziness, ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.2 cm. x Width: 6.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; back: a number of dark stains around the top of the card (from old adhesive)
Copy Type
Original
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Dr. Beach's Vegetable Compound

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Dates
1840
1880
circa 1840-1880
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001069
Description
Tall thin cylindrical bottle with cork stopper; paper label wrapped around body of bottle with medicine name, information and directions on it; cork stopper still has partial remains of red wax seal covering it.
  1 image  
Accession Number
996001069
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Cough -- drug therapy
Antitussive Agents
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- vitamins, health restorers, protectors -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Tall thin cylindrical bottle with cork stopper; paper label wrapped around body of bottle with medicine name, information and directions on it; cork stopper still has partial remains of red wax seal covering it.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; bought from Scott Jordan in Sept.1993.
Maker
C. S. Harris
Site Made (City)
Manchester
Site Made (State)
Canada West (C. W.)
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1840
1880
circa 1840-1880
Material
glass: green
paper: cream
cork: brown
Inscriptions
Dr. Beach's' // Vegetable Compound // prepared by C.S. Harris, Manchester C. W. A certain remedy for Colds, Coughs, Sore throat, // &c. Also a preventative to the Chill Fever, // Ague, and summer complaints // Directions ...
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 2 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.0 cm. x Diam. : 2.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Paper label is brittle and in slightly fragile condition; small portions of label are missing around outer edge; two pieces of label are missing from interior on either end of label
Copy Type
Original
Exhibit History
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit
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Dr. Dennis' System Renovator & Blood Purifying Syrup [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001670
Description
Postcard-size paper trade card for Dr. Dennis' System Renovator & Blood Purifying Syrup; front: chromolithograph of a bouquet of roses (pink and red); back: usual description of why this medicine is the best, etc..
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001670
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Postcard-size paper trade card for Dr. Dennis' System Renovator & Blood Purifying Syrup; front: chromolithograph of a bouquet of roses (pink and red); back: usual description of why this medicine is the best, etc..
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
J. H. Bufford's Sons; Dr. M.D. Dennis (product)
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Date Remarks
Before 1906 ("cure")
Material
paper: purple; pink; blue; green; red
Inscriptions
Front: "With // Best Wishes // FOR YOUR // GOOD HEALTH. // Dr. M. D. Dennis, // New York, // N.Y. // J. H. Bufford's Sons Boston & New York"; back: "SOMETHING TO REMEMBER. // In taking medicine, the smaller the quantity that will accom- // plish the desired result the better. In buying medicine, con- // sider the quality, not the quantity. Water is cheap; medicine // is costly ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 15.2 cm. x Width: 9.7 cm.
Condition Remarks
Mild age/sun discolouration; some staining on the front (ie, top left corner); back has five round stains, probably from old adhesive; writing on back, bottom, in pencil -- a name, "Mrs.[?] Jannice [?] Bownian [?]"
Copy Type
Original
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Dr. Grosvenor's Liveraid [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1879
1900
circa 1879-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001672
Description
Small paper trade card for Dr. Grosvenor's Liveraid; front: chromolithograph of four little ducks and a "pond", and a card announcing the product with flowers growing over the top; back: usual description of how effective the product is.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001672
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Dr. Grosvenor's Liveraid; front: chromolithograph of four little ducks and a "pond", and a card announcing the product with flowers growing over the top; back: usual description of how effective the product is.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Bufford
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1879
1900
circa 1879-1900
Date Remarks
Copyright date
Material
paper: green; blue; yellow; brown; red
Inscriptions
"DR. GROSVENOR'S // LIVERAID // ENSURES // APPETITE & DIGESTION // SMALL DOSES, PROMPT EFFECT."; back: "Reader, if you are suffering from any Liver or Stomach trouble that // renders life a martyrdom, be induced to try the LIVER-AID. So certain are we // that this medicine will cure any case of Constipation, Biliousness, Headache, ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 12.7 cm. x Width: 6.8 cm.
Condition Remarks
Front: mild age/sun discolouration; stain through the middle of the card; back: very stained and age/sun discoloured with several spots where the top layer has come off; small crease top edge, near the right
Copy Type
Original
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Dr. Grosvenor's Liveraid [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1879
1900
circa 1879-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001673
Description
Small paper trade card for Dr. Grosvenor's LiverAid; front: chromolithograph of pond, there are three ducks -- two on land, and a frog hopping in the water.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001673
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Dr. Grosvenor's LiverAid; front: chromolithograph of pond, there are three ducks -- two on land, and a frog hopping in the water.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Bufford
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1879
1900
circa 1879-1900
Date Remarks
Copyright date
Material
paper: green; blue; yellow; brown; pink
Inscriptions
"DR. GROSVENOR'S // LIVERAID, // CURES ALL // DISEASES OF THE STOMACH LIVER & BLOOD // SMALL DOSES, PROMPT EFFECT..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 12.6 cm. x Width: 6.7 cm.
Condition Remarks
Slight age/sun discolouration; a bit of staining along the back
Copy Type
Original
Images
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