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Vintage Bumstead's Worm Syrup Ad (ca. 1892): A vintage Bumstead's Worm Syrup Ad from The Druggists Circular and Chemical Gazette

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Death To Worms

...Bumstead's Worm Syrup.

Everyone wants to buy the best goods for the least money and here they are. Taste delicious, children cry for more; don't make them deathly sick to take like the old bitter stuff so long a terror in families. One 25 ct. bottle has destroyed 100 large worms. "Everybody likes it."

C.A. Voorhees, M.D., 827 N. 6th St., Phila....

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Promotional trading cards of all types were popular during the Victorian era (soap, tonics, sewing machines, shirts, hats, etc.), and patent medicines were no exception. People would collect and trade these trading cards. Manufactures of patent medicines would design and print these cards, then provide them as promotional giveaways to the drug stores that carried their patent medicines. Many cards have survived and the artwork in many cases is magnificent. 

As a complimentary service, RXinsider provides FREE, high-resolution downloads of many vintage pharmacy ads and imagery. Simply complete the form on the following webpage, and you will be presented with a download button to download the files for printing and framing in a .zip file.