Patent Medicine Trade Cards Biomed.ark:/21198/zz0002gwzg

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Title: Patent Medicine Trade Cards
Identifier/Call Number: Biomed.ark:/21198/zz0002gwzg
Physical Description: 247 prints (trade cards)
Date (inclusive): [between 1870 and 1906?]
Abstract: The trade cards are small, colorfully illustrated advertising cards touting a particular medicine and its many cures. The illustrations often have little to do with any of the ailments purported to be cured. They were pure advertising and very collectible.
Language of Material: English .

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9960994033606533 

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Patent Medicine Trade Cards. History & Special Collections for the Sciences, UCLA Library Special Collections.

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Scope and Content

A collection of 247 patent medicine trade cards. Patent medicines were medical compounds sold under a variety of names and labels, though they were for the most part actually trademarked medicines, not patented. The trade cards are small, colorfully illustrated advertising cards touting a particular medicine and its many cures. The era of patent medicine began to unravel in the U.S. with the passage of the first Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906.

Online Resource

This collection has been digitized and is only available online: Patent Medicine Trade Cards (238 items) .

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Trade cards.
Nonprescription Drugs
Patent medicines