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trade card, Ayer's Ague Cure
  • United States
  • trade card, Ayer's Ague Cure, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • chromolithograph
  • Object Height/Width: 60 x 117 mm
    Object Height/Width: 2 3/8 x 4 5/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7992
Multimedia
Description

A log cabin stands at the water’s edge. Person in a rowboat is coming into shore. Trees with hanging moss are in the foreground and there is a forest in the background. The bottom right corner of the card shows two frogs attempting to sell the product to either an alligator or a crocodile. Text on the front reads “Ayer’s Ague Cure is Warranted to Cure All Malarial Disorders.” It is prepared by Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co., Lowell, Massachusetts.
The verso is a text advertisement for the product and all the ills it can cure. In the top left corner is a small picture of a frog and a bottle of Ayer’s on a lily pad.