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trade card, Ayer's Pills
  • United States
  • trade card, Ayer's Pills, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • chromolithograph
  • Object Height/Width: 119 x 67 mm
    Object Height/Width: 4 11/16 x 2 5/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7991

A man riding a white horse, wearing a red uniform, and carrying a flag with blue, white, and red horizontal stripes stabs at another horse rider wearing a blue uniform. The flag has text on the center stripe reading “Ayer’s Pills.” The fight is taking place on a battlefield. Below this picture is the text “The Fight for the Standard.”
The verso is a text advertisement acknowledging the success of Ayer’s Pills as the standard cathartic medicine of the age. It lists all the ailments which can be cured by taking the pills.