Pildoras Sanativas de Jayne (Dr. Jayne's Sanative Pills)

Artist/maker unknown, Latin American?

Date:
1890s?

Medium:
Chromolithograph (trade card)

Dimensions:
Image: 5 1/2 x 4 3/8 inches (14 x 11.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1989-8-135

Credit Line:
The William H. Helfand Collection, 1989

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  • PublicationPicture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection

    An angel, evocative of Gabriel and his horn, advertises Jayne's Sanative Pills, a product that acted as a mild laxative in small doses of one to three pills, and as a potent cathartic in larger amounts. During the 1860s, long before federal legislation curtailed the excesses of medical advertisements, these pills were recommended for liver complaints, gout, jaundice, and nineteen additional conditions. Their manufacturer, Dr. David Jayne, began to market medicines in Philadelphia in 1830, and his first advertisements appeared in 1849. These cards were printed in Spanish for distribution in Latin America, a major export region for the company. William H. Helfand, from The Picture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection (1991), p. 114.