Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound Advertisement

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday,  July 15, 1913:  Nothing doing.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

I bet that Grandma still felt mopey when she wrote this entry. The previous day she wrote that she “didn’t feel very good today, and did feel very miserable. I’m not really sick, but sick at heart over something. “

Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound was a popular tonic for female problems a hundred years ago.

Source: Milton Evening Standard (June 3, 1913)
Source: Milton Evening Standard (June 3, 1913)


May Find Help in Mrs. Elston’s Letter About Her Daughter.

Burlington, Iowa—“Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound has cured my daughter of weakness. She was troubled almost a year with it and complained of backache, so that I thought she would be an invalid. She was entirely run down, pale, nervous and without appetite. I was very much discouraged but heard of Lydia E. Pinkham’s  Vegetable Compound through friends and now I praise it because it has cured my daughter.” –Mr.s F.M. Elston, R.D. No. 3, Burlington, Iowa

Case of Another Girl

Scanlon, Minn.  – “I used to be bothered with nervous spells, and would cry if anyone was cross with me. I got awful weak spells especially in the morning, and my appetite was poor. I also had a tender place in my right side which pained when I did any hard work. I took Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound and my symptoms all changed, and I am certainly feeling fine. I recommend it to every suffering woman or girl. You may use this letter for the good of others.” — Miss Ella Olson, 171 5th St., Virginia, Minn.

Young Girls, Heed This Advice

Girls who are troubled with painful or irregular periods, backache, headache, dragging-down sensations, fainting spells or indigestion, should immediately seek restoration to health by taking Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound.

23 thoughts on “Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound Advertisement

    1. It should work for you, too. 🙂 I’ve seen different advertisements for this tonic targeted at different age groups–from teens to post-menopausal women.

  1. Ladies 30/40 years older than I would suggest ‘little pink pills’ if I looked pale as a teenager… Something I suspect remembered from their teens, since definitely not available to buy in my day!

  2. I remember back in the 1960s, performing a favorite choral arrangement by Daniel Pinkham, and my choir teacher telling me, yes, Dr. Pinkham was descendant of Lydia Pinkham, of “little pink pill” fame. So Lydia was still a household name fifty-five years later.

  3. Interesting…that’s certainly not the sort of thing they give to anxious girls these days. This ad helps you realize how much the health industry has evolved, especially in areas of mental health care. The girls in these ads are just described as “nervous”, whereas today they could be diagnosed with anything from just normal “girl problems” to more serious things like depression or autism…

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