Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: circa 1851-1857. Envelope or Cover. This folded mail-order broad sheet measures approximately 15.5” x 10” unfolded. One page lists a variety of quack medicines available for wholesale purchase and the second page is a “Circular” filled with ‘small print’ that defines terms of sale and provides selling tips including the use of Louden Almanacs and Show Cards. The folded broadsheet has been franked with a relatively scarce 3-cent orange-brown Washington stamp (Scott 10A with recut vertical lines) canceled by a circular blue Philadelphia postmark. Splits along some of the folds of one page of the broadsheet have been repaired on the reverse using paper tape. Otherwise in nice shape with some minor docketing.
Among the products offered for sale are: Indian Expectorant, Oriental Hair Tonic, Female Elixir, Compound Carminative Balsam, Compound Tonic Vermifuge, Indian Sanative Pills, All-Healing Salve, and Cherokee Liniment.
Very good. Item #009534
Advertising items for Louden medicines are rather scarce. At time of listing, no similar mail order wholesale advertisements are available for sale in the trade, and neither OCLC nor Rare Book Hub identify any institutional holdings or auction sales. However, Louden almanacs are a little less scarce; they are held by ten institutions and occasionally turn up for sale on eBay.