This vintage trade card is from an interesting time in American medicine. The product advertised in “Dr Wm. Hall’s Balsam for the Lungs”. This product was advertised as curing consumption, colds, asthma, whooping cough, and other pulmonary diseases. The front of the card features a patient and his wife and a house visiting doctor. The patient raves about the medicines effectiveness and the doctor responds that he has never seen Hall’s Balsam fail a patient. The reverse of the trade card has a printed testimonial from a consumption patient who experienced a Balsam cure. The testimonial is entitled “Rescued from Death”. Sounds like a miracle drug but it was really a product used by “quack” medical practitioners. This type of trade card is called a “metamorphic card” because it sets up a scenario that highlights positive change in health as a result of using the potion. The product was produced by John F. Henry & Company. It made its medical debut in 1860.   SOLD

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  1. That is gorgeous! It’s the kind of item I used to take to Antiquarian book fairs on the east coast. I’m not surprised that it sold. I kept back a lot of boxes and albums full when we stopped doing the fairs, but now I need to sell it all to make room for artwork and manuscripts. Never enough room! If you know anyone interested in taking lots and lots of ephemera, vintage photos, “culturally important” (an Amazon quote) old history books including technological advancements, and Bookseller’s catalogs from the 1980’s & 1990’s — please point them my way.

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