Dr. Thomas' Eclectric OilTitle
Dr. Thomas’ Eclectric Oil

Original Creator
Foster-Milburn Company (United States, Manufacturer)

Original Creation Date
19th century

The trade card shows a cat and five kittens on top of a desk, looking at and interacting with a globe. On the globe, “Dr. Thomas’ Eclectric Oil is used all around the world” is written. Originally intended to treat colds, the product was expanded as a universal cure for muscular pains, rheumatisms, neuralgia, joint aches, and sprains. Eclectric oil was derived from mix of alcohol, chloroform, opium extract, and other assorted ingredients. The product was known as a magical painkiller.

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