Side of Leaf)
Ladies and gentlemen, I am amazed at just how far backwards the field of
medicine has come in the last 135 years, in that I have discovered that
in 1866 there was a simple cure for just about everything. Don't believe
me, then just consider the advertisements on this amazing, original 1866
leaf. I present for your consideration, a summary of the amazing cures
advertised on this leaf.
WITH THE COMPOUND CONCENTRATED FLUID
EXTRACT OF VALUABLE
ROOTS AND HERBS.
WILLIAM GREGG, MD
GRADUATE OF HE COLLEGE OF
SURGEONS, NEW YORK, FOMERLY
PHYSICIAN IN THE BLACKWELL'S
HOSPITALS, LATE MEDICAL
OF NEW YORK STATE
VOLUNTEER DEPOTS, UNDER
HAS PRODUCED A REVOLUTION IN
What may seem almost
incredible is that many diseases hitherto considered hopelessly
incurable are frequently cured in a few days or weeks and we cheerfully
invite the investigations of the liberal minded and scientific to cures
which have no parallel at the present day.
during the past five years
we have contended with obstacles, and overcome opposition as Herculean
as were ever encountered by any reformers.
The advertisement goes on to
describe the miraculous healing powers, of the elixir, including curing
paralysis, Dyspepsia, Scrofula, Rheumatism, Ulcers, Pimples, Blotches,
all forms of ulcerative diseases, diseases of the liver. Apparently the
secret of this amazing tonic is its blood cleansing properties. I have
come to learn from the advertisement that pure blood is the secret to
good health. The advertisement sums up with:
Constitution Life Syrup
The Poor Man's Friend, and
the Rich Man's Blessing.
Now, one might expect with
the amazing curative powers of the Constitution Life Syrup that there
would be little need of additional medicines, however, there are more
amazing cures offered on this leaf, including:
Youth and Beauty Restored Through
Webster's' Vegetable Hair
and don' miss out on:
Brandreth's Pills for
Costiveness, Diarrhea, Joint
Pain and Spasmodic Asthma
also enjoy the advertisement
Dr. Wm. Hall's
Balsam for the Lung's
(Could this possibly be the
same Dr. Hall's that now makes cough drops????)
If you do not Like Dr.
Hall's Lung Balsam, perhaps you should consider:
Dr. Stricklan's Mellifluous Cough
Aslo, advertised on this
Superfluous Hair Removed
From all parts of the body in five
minutes, without injury to the skin by Upham's depilatory powder
and perhaps my favorite:
Thousands cured of the worse
cases of Blind and Bleeding Piles. It gives immediate and permanent
cure. It is warranted.
OK, I could go on and on,
but if there is simply too much to list it all here. I assure you, you
will get hours of fun reading all the remedies that are advertised on
This leaf would make the ultimate
gift for any doctor, or anyone working in the medical field. It really
belongs proudly displayed in a Doctors office, as a reminder of how far
we have come over the last hundred and thirty years.
This leaf was carefully removed from an original 1866 edition of
Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of the day.
During the Civil War, Libraries would subscribe to Harper's Weekly. At
the end of the year, they would "bind" the individual newspapers into
large volumes. Fine art, advertisements and other illustrations like
this one survived until today in the archives of Libraries or Historical
Foundations. In the 1970's and 1980's, Libraries microfilmed many of the
volumes, and sold the original volumes, filled with priceless treasures
like this one, to the public. I was fortunate enough to buy a large
collection of these volumes when they became available. Now, I make
individual illustrations like the one above available to individual
collectors, 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 leaf is approximately 11X16 inches.
The leaf is in very good condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you
expect in original material from this period. It has some light spots of
foxing, consistent with its 130 years of age. There are several areas
of finger smudging in the margins from people handling the leaf over the
last 130 years. The piece is highly displayable, and I guarantee your
This piece will
make a stunning display when framed and placed in your office, practice
home or study. It will become the center of attention, and I assure all
who enter will notice it.
Don't miss your
chance to acquire this truly unique piece of medical History. It would
make the ultimate gift for any Doctor. I assure you that this leaf will
become the prized procession of its new owner.
Original Advertisement for Quack and Patent Medicine
Item Number: h1866p32
Buyer pays $6.50
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