Burdock Blood Bitters Ephemera

by on June 26, 2011

Digging through some historical ephemera, I found this interesting ad from the 1800s for Burdock Blood Bitters. It was recommended to treat the four greatest afflictions in America; dyspepsia, biliousness, constipation and sick headache. A little fibre in the American diet might have helped. Anyway, the illness isn't the part that gets you, it's the advertising imagery. On the ad page is a well-healed gentleman with the page ripping through his head and lurking inside is a creepy little girl. I'm not sure how the imagery translates into a remedy for constipation, but still it is interesting. Anyone have any ideas on yhe image below?

Burdock Blood Bitters

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@ryanfeeley cool, glad you enjoy the Abbott's Bitters. Wiser's 18 works well.
.@susebraids a placebo/sham group would be unethical to do with children. Can't really allow kids to suffer though it would make better data
"Effect of honey on cough in children." Honey seems to be at least as effective as OTC meds. drnk.ca/1wBjGMm #science #beekeeping
@dawinship @dagreb being Canadian is less about symbolism and more about tapping our symbols and drinking their blood err I mean maple syrup
@dawinship @dagreb ah Doug, you leave the door open to so many jokes but my Canadian politeness won't allow me to speak :)
The pH of my bee's honey is 3.7. Beer is generally 3.9-4.5 and lime juice is 2.0. #beekeeping #randomfact