McElree's Wine of Cardui

McElree's Wine of Cardui

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
For menstrual disturbances of women such as irregularity, exaggeration, suppression, etc. For irregular, painful or delayed menstruation, suppressed or delayed menses, painful menstruation, profuse or too frequent flow of menses, whites, falling of the womb, change of life, and as a general restorative for delicate women. Menstrual irregularities and uterine and ovarian troubles.
Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Liquid
date made
Chattanooga Medicine Company
place made
United States: Tennessee, Chattanooga
Physical Description
ethyl alcohol, 20% (drug active ingredients)
cardboard (container material)
glass (container material)
paper (container material)
cork (container material)
bottle: 8 1/2 in x 3 in x 1 3/4 in; 21.59 cm x 7.62 cm x 4.445 cm
box: 9 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 22.86 cm x 7.9375 cm x 4.7625 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Women's Health Products
Women's Health
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I met my wife in CSTCC chemistry class taught by Bill Pope. He worked for Chattanooga Medicine Company for years, as a chemist. He often repeated the old saw "Cardui - There is a baby in every bottle". I'm not sure if the company used that motto - or if that was strictly colloquial.
According to an ad for McElree's Wine of Cardui in the Daily Ardmoreite (04 Jan 1898, page 2), this marvelous elixir "relieved discomforts and dangers" of pregnancy and childbirth and cured infertility. Here's the wording from the ad: For Mothers! The discomforts and dangers of child-birth can be almost entirely avoided. Wine of Cardui relieves expectant mothers. It gives tone to the genital organs, and puts them in position to do their work perfectly. That makes pregnancy less painful, shortens labor and hastens recovery after child-birth. It helps a woman bear strong healthy children. McElree's Wine of Cardui has also brought happiness to thousands of homes barren for years. A few doses often bring joy to loving hearts that long for a darling baby. No woman should neglect to try it for this trouble. It cures nine cases out of ten. All druggists sell Wine of Cardui. $1.00 per bottle. For advice in cases requiring special directions, address, giving symptoms, the "Ladies Advisory Department" The Chattanooga Medicine Co., Chattanooga, Tenn. Mrs. Louisa Hale, of Jefferson, Ga., says "When I first took Wine of Cardui we had been married three years, but could not have any children. Nine months later I had a fine girl baby."

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