You are always coming across the most interesting things. I would love to go through some old attic treasures. Especially old newspapers and documents. I looked old Lydia up and was quite interested in her story. You can still buy the book for $12.98. lol@AB .. yes interesting. I acquired about 6 boxes of old papers from my Aunt's old attic and have been looking through them from time to time.
I recently found where in 1842, my ancestor had a receipt for 40 cents paid to a black smith for shoeing his horses. I don't know if that was 10 cents a hoof or was for more than one horse.
But one of the most interesting was a paperback booklet of "Lydia Pinkham's, Ailments Pecular to Women" and on the inside cover it said since the booklet contained information of a delicate matter, it should be read in privacy and was not for public viewing. LOL My how times have changed.
I liked how they compared her to modern day Dr. Ruth and Ann Landers:
She was the late 1800s version of Dr. Ruth and Ann Landers. She was a pioneer who was praised by women, yet often ridiculed by the male dominated "establishment", whose feathers she often ruffled by her outspoken common-sense approach to women's health and sexual matters.
Lydia is, however, most famous for her herbal formula for women. A product that she began selling in 1875, which has been used by millions of women.
Herbal formulations sold today for PMS and hot flashes owe much of their acceptance to the amazing efforts of Lydia and her company.
The effort Lydia made to provide women with an alternative to the poor medical services available in the late 1800s, lives on in our modern day version of Lydia's vision, LydiaPinkham.org .