Morison's Vegetable PillsTitle
Morison’s Vegetable Pills

Original Creator
James Morison (1770-1840, Scotland, Manufacturer)

Original Creation Date
19th century

The trade card displays an individual looking into a mirror and realizing their body has changed overnight into a medley of vegetables, after consuming a thousand of Morison’s vegetable pills. More commonly known as Morison’s Pills, the product was immensely popular as a universal cure for all diseases caused by blood impurities. James Morison, the creator of the pills, dominated the patent medicine markets with memorable marketing that advocated vegetable-based and herbal cures over established “heavy metal” drugs.

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