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Schenck's Mandrake Pills

Schenck's Mandrake Pills

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
For biliousness and associated conditions due to constipation
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
after 1869
after 1872
Dr. J. H. Schenck & Son
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
overall: 2 cm x 5.5 cm x 3 cm; 13/16 in x 2 3/16 in x 1 3/16 in
overall: 1 1/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 3/4 in; 2.8575 cm x 6.0325 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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The presence of the green label, a facsimile of the company's private die proprietary revenue stamp, indicates that this article was vended sometime after the repeal of the tax on such articles, on 1 July 1883.
In a letter written January 9, 1871 the actress Charlotte Cushman wrote to Emma Crow Cushman recommending these pills “the safest and quietest pills in the world. You can take one any night and though you would hardly know you have taken any medicine...(it) acts upon the liver secretions and makes them healthy. Don’t fail to get a box.” (Charlotte Cushman Papers, Library of Congress)

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