Gude's Pepto-Mangan

Gude's Pepto-Mangan

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The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging: To provide a direct supply of minerals; to help build hemoglobin in the blood and stimulate the appetite so that more iron is absorbed from food
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Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Liquid
Date made
ca 1930
M. J. Breitenbach Company
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
glass bottle (overall packaging material)
alcohol 16% (drug active ingredients)
peptonates of iron (drug active ingredients)
manganese (drug active ingredients)
overall: 7 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 18.415 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
Blood & Liver Drugs
Tonics, Minerals & Vitamins
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I too have a "Physician's Memorandum" from 1902. It belonged to my great-grandfather, Dr W. Preston Parks from Olin, NC. while his name is in the from cover, it is obvious my grandmother Zelda Parks Dotson used it as a diary of cute sweet remembrances, and later in the year, a place to document recipes. If she used it in the year of 1902, she was 13-14. I plan to transcribe all of these recipes for my family.
I have a "Physicians Memorandum " promotional book from 1903. It was given out by Gude's Pepto-Mangan compliments of MJ Breitenbach Co in New York. It has testimonials from doctors on each page. It belonged to my great uncle. From reading the testimonials this is a miracle drug!
My gramma lined us up in the 50's to take this especially in the winter it was terrible tasting but she was a believer in it.
"My mother used to take this in pill form. She swore by it, said it changed her energy completely for the good."

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