Brown's Iron BittersTitle
Brown’s Iron Bitters

Original Creator
Brown’s Iron Bitters Company (United States, Manufacturer)

Original Creation Date
19th century

This trade card shows Lillie Langtry, a well-known actress in London. This card was one of the first advertising attempts to use a celebrity’s name and image to sell a product. However, it is unknown whether Langtry was compensated for this advertisement or even consented to having her image used. During the 19th century, it became common practice to take celebrity images for advertising purposes without compensation or permission.

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