St. Lawrence, NY: W. H. Comstock.
Five pieces of advertising ephemera for Dr. Morse’s Indian Root Pills, being one envelope and four identical facsimile Confederate currencies. The ‘Indian Root Pills’ were one of the most successful pieces of patent medicine from 19th and 20th century America. Founded by William Henry Comstock, the pills claimed to cure “blood, stomach and liver diseases ... and are most useful in female disorders.” The Pills contain a combination of an unspecified sudorific, expectorant, diuretic, and cathartic, which together cause the patient to sweat, cough, and ‘pass’ their impurities away. The small (empty) envelope for samples of the pills measures about 5x8 cm. The four copies of the Confederate facsimile currency, with advertising on the verso, measure 8x18 cm. All in generally Very Good condition. (Hoolihan Annotated Catalogue of the Edward C. Atwater Collection 759).