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trade card, Brown's Pepsin Tonic
  • United States
  • trade card, Brown's Pepsin Tonic, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • chromolithograph
  • Object Height/Width: 69 x 118 mm
    Object Height/Width: 2 11/16 x 4 5/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7919

A person lounges on a beach wearing bagging swimming clothes (knee length pants and a shirt). The person is wearing a floppy hat and holding a telescope. They are reclining against a sign which reads “Barton & Schoonover, Abilene Kansas. Brown’s Pepsin Tonic Cures Dyspepsia, Try It!” The bottom left of the card has thetext “JC” and “225” in the corner.
The verso has text which advertises the benefits of Brown’s Pepsin Tonic and other Brown’s health products. The bottom states that these are prepared by the “Brown Medicine and Manufacturing Co., Leavenworth, Kansas.”