Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lydia Pinkham & Lizzie Borden, #1LineWed

I just went back through the last two years of the blog, (yes, I really did that) and updated most of the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter posts to reflect the new book link. I may have missed a few but the link is also on the pages tab on top or the link and cover photo in the left column.

One thing is that over time, old posts get buried. I found a couple interesting ones, so I'll be updating and re-posting a few for those who haven't seen them. 

A Did You Know? Post for #1LineWed - 1 Line Wednesday:

When you research, you come across all kinds of details. As this type of "medicinal" preparation has something to do with the plot in Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter (new 2nd edition & new cover), I thought I'd share what I found on Lydia Pinkham.

My #1LineWed – 1 Line Wednesday -  from Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter based on the vintage label (sold 1873-1906.):
“… Lydia Pinkham’s… a cure for all those powerful complaints and weaknesses so common to our best female population.”

You have to read the book to learn about the strange connection!! Find out more about Lydia Pinkham.

Lydia Pinkham’s was a herbal remedies firm located in Lynn, Mass. The best-known product, Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, was distributed until the 1930s when the FDA labeling laws forced it to change its ingredients. (Patent medicines back then had huge alcohol content and often opium as well.) 

Here's more information on the original product. 

An interesting side-note: Oops! With the new Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 requiring listing of ingredients in patent medicines, the compound was found to have 15% alcohol. (No wonder you felt better - or felt no pain anyway!)

Guess what? A new herbal version for “women’s problems” is still being sold today (by a pharmaceutical company.) 

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