Cure for the blues ad (1905)

“One medicine that has never failed”

This fantastic advertisement is part of a series — there are lots of variants on this theme, but we think this is one of the best/worst…

The whole thing is utter hyperbole, but the bit at the bottom is what make us laugh the most:

If you have some derangement of the female organism write Mrs. Pinkham, Lynn, Mass. for advice.

A modern article about Lydia E Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound amusingly notes of this “women’s tonic”:

In modern conventional medicine, the active ingredient would probably be considered drinking alcohol.

No wonder it was popular.