Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Trade Card Pike's Toothache DropsMade in United States, North and Central America
Artist/maker unknown, American
Color relief print
Currently not on view
1989-8-134The William H. Helfand Collection, 1989
LabelNineteenth-century commercial toothache drops were usually composed of natural ingredients, with oil of cloves or an opiate derivative as the analgesic agent. Claims for these drops were invariably the same, promising to provide a sure cure and give instant relief. The text on the back of the card at top promises that Pike's drops will "annihilate in one minute the most violent and protracted toothache," as a result of which the "sufferer enjoys unspeakable relief."