Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound

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Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound (c1870s) - Vintage advertisement printed on wood. 


Lydia Estes Pinkham (February 9, 1819 – May 17, 1883) was the inventor and marketer of an herbal-alcoholic "women's tonic" for menstrual and menopausal problems, which some dismissed as a quack remedy, but which is still on sale today in a modified form. 

It was the aggressive marketing of Pinkham's Vegetable Compound that raised its profile, while also rallying the skeptics. Long, promotional copy would dramatise "women's weakness", "hysteria" and other themes commonly referenced at the time. Pinkham urged women to write to her personally, and she would maintain the correspondence in order to expose the customer to more persuasive claims for the remedy. Clearly the replies were not all written by Pinkham herself, as they continued after her death. 

Pinkham and her "medicinal compound" for women's problems became the subject of a bawdy drinking song, "Lily the Pink", of which a sanitized version became a number one hit by The Scaffold in the United Kingdom. 

The Woody is made from ½ inch wood with two ¼ inch batons on the back to raise the art off the wall and picture hanging hardware is applied for easy hanging. This design format provides a traditional picture look by adding a deep dimension to feature the piece on the wall. 

The Woody offers a distinct advantage to printing art on paper. Wood is a natural stable medium, therefore it’s free of acids and other chemicals that will cause water marking, staining, fading and deterioration from light. Modern UV inks will retain their color properties for decades and when printed on wood will age beautifully thus creating additional value. It not only makes a great addition to your home, it’s also a one of a kind piece that will last a lifetime. 

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12" x 18"  Woody 
18" x 27"  Woody 
24" x 36"  Woody 

All prints are made from original art and re-prints are sold by permission from the owner. Art may show slight distress due to the age of the original art and factors from the wood.


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