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Uncle John's Sassafras (ca. 1892): A vintage "patent medicine" trading card from the Victorian era.


Uncle John's Sassafras

...Uncle John's Pure Sassafras. Brain Tonic. A cure for headaches, mental and physical exhaustion, nervousness, hysteria, and all diseases of the brain. Manufactured by Lash's Bitters Co....

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Promotional trading cards of all types were popular during the Victorian era (soap, tonics, sewing machines, shirts, hats, etc.), and patent medicines were no exception. People would collect and trade these trading cards. Manufactures of patent medicines would design and print these cards, then provide them as promotional giveaways to the drug stores that carried their patent medicines. Many cards have survived and the artwork in many cases is magnificent. 

As a complimentary service, RXinsider provides FREE, high-resolution downloads of many vintage pharmacy ads and imagery. Simply complete the form on the following webpage, and you will be presented with a download button to download the files for printing and framing in a .zip file.