A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Feb 16, 2016

A 'Girlie Things' Advertising Recipe Booklet...

Did you ever take Lydia Pinkham tablets?  They are touted to cure
 just about every 'girlie' issue out there.  i.e. getting pregnant,
 difficult 'monthlys', hot flashes, you name it - Lydia could fix you up.

 Lydia was a local herbalist in the 1800's who served her neighbors well.   
In the midst of financial difficulties - her son suggested she 'sell' her 
concoction - and a business was born.  And what a thriving business it was... is!  
You can still buy Lydia Pinkham tablets - just check out Amazon!
  (Looks like today's variety has been altered a little... 
the original compound had 18% alcohol!) 

I happened upon a Lydia Pinkham advertising recipe booklet.
 This is one of several she published and the inside content is so charming. 
'Summer Time' consists mostly of sandwich and drink recipes.
Available here

The booklet is also loaded with testimonials about her product.  
I love the sweet flapper girl graphics...

 Allow me to leave you with one of the recipes -Sweet Sandwiches.  
Essentially - this sounds like a mocha frosting (with opt. coconut) that is served between graham crackers. 

Oh yum!!!
It'll be a few months yet till summer arrives - but these goodies
 would taste just as wonderful by the fireplace with hot chocolate!
Let me know if you tried it!~Joyce
Linking to Let's Talk Vintage


Betsy said...

I had never heard of Lydia! But what a fun little booklet. I need to get back to going to my thrift stores and looking through the old books. I used to find the cutest little things. Thanks for sharing with us.
Blessings, Betsy

BumbleBeeLane said...

Funny I just read about her in a old Victorian Sampler magazine last night..Love those old advertisements booklets. Always interesting. Warm Blessings!~Amy


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