Twenty Seven Years Knowledge of Painless Childbirth. [Cover title.]. Women.
Twenty Seven Years Knowledge of Painless Childbirth. [Cover title.]

Twenty Seven Years Knowledge of Painless Childbirth. [Cover title.]

Atlanta: Bradford Regulator Company, 1914. First edition. No copies in OCLC. Some foxing to bottom edge of back cover and small loss to edges. A good copy of a rare and fragile booklet. Original pictorial paper wrappers printed with portrait of Mrs. Ellen Dakin Plank to front cover and illustration of a baby on back cover. 3 in. x 6 in. [8] pp. Item #17104

Advertising material for “Mother’s Friend,” a cure-all liniment for pain and discomfort during and after pregnancy and childbirth. The story of Ellen Dakin Plank (1836 – 1927) is used to bolster the claims about Mother’s Friend, a quack treatment made to cash in on the patent medicine craze of the early twentieth century. Plank was, in fact, an early pioneer who traveled overland from Illinois to California in the 1850s, but the story presented here ad-libs on the true events of her life. According to the story, Plank devoted herself to nursing, eventually discovered the miraculous effects of Mother’s Friend while nursing her daughter through pregnancy, and here offers her testimonial on the efficacy and importance of the treatment.

“Mrs. Plank’s experience with this wonderful preparation can be taken advantage of by women of today. Mother’s Friend has been used in her own family, and she has seen it used by many of her patients and friends. With this intimate knowledge of the efficacy of the preparation, she sincerely endorses it, and suggests its use to all expectant mothers,” (p. [5]).

Price: $250.00

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