Ayer's Cathartic Pills

Ayer’s Cathartic Pills

Original Creator
J. C. Ayer  & Company (United States, Manufacturer)

Original Creation Date
19th century

The trade card shows a battle involving two military soldiers fighting on horseback, with one soldier holding a flag that has “Ayer’s Pills” written on it. “The Fight for the Standard” is written on the bottom of the card. The product was marketed to cure a wide variety of health conditions such as digestive issues, liver disorders, and numbness. Ayer’s Pills were even advertised to cure women’s menstrual ailments, diagnosing them as symptomatic of “wrong livers.”

Courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This image is in the public domain.