Patent and Quack Medicine
You are viewing an
original 1861 advertisement for Patent and Quack medicine. It is from an
1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of
the day. Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee
its authenticity. This leaf is over 140 years old, and the date is
clearly marked on the front of print. On the day this leaf was printed,
Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States, and the Civil War was
in its opening chapter!
This is a rare and
highly collectible advertisement. The advertisement is for Gardiner's
Rheumatic and Neuragia Compound. At the top of the ad is a picture of
Angels giving aid to a sick woman. The medicine is described as a
"certain, safe and permanent cure for Rheumatism, Neuralgia, and Salt
Rheum. It is an internal remedy, driving out and entirely eradicating the
disease, requiring no change in diet or business, and can be taken by
children and the most delicate constitutions with perfect safety". The
advertisement goes on to present a number of Customer testimonials, giving
glowing reports of this amazing elixir. Customer comments include one
woman who was completely cured with only one bottle.
The leaf also
contains an ad for Sore Throat cure, Horse Disease Cures, Jewelry, and
books. The reverse side of the leaf contains some Civil War political
cartoons, and many more advertisements.
This advertisement would make an excellent addition
to your collection, or a wonderful gift for any friend you have working
in the heath care industry. It would make a particularly nice display
for a doctors office or waiting room. It will make a dramatic display
wherever it is placed. Original material related to quack and patent
medicines from this period are becoming increasingly difficult to find,
so don't miss this one!
Unlike newsprint of this century, these older,
original pages do not yellow and fall apart. The reason is that modern
newspapers use an acid based process. Remnant acid in the paper causes
the paper to quickly yellow and deteriorate. A different process was
used in the mid-1800's which yielded an exceptional quality paper that
will last for centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you
frame this piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years. Acid
free mats are available at most better frame shops. If you have any
questions related to handling or framing this piece feel free to email
me. The print is approximately 11x16 inches. I have been collecting
Civil War Newspapers for over 10 years. It is a fascinating hobby, and
I find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.
The leaf is in good condition. It has the rich sepia
toning that you expect in original material from this period. There are
some spots of foxing, which can be seen in the picture above. There are
finger smudges in the margins from folks handling the leaf over the last
130 years. Several very small margin tears have been professionally
mended from the back side. The print will display very nicely.