1892 Victorian Trade Card, Pfunder's Oregon Blood Purifier, William Pfunder Drug Company Portland Oregon

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A very rare 1892 pictogram Victorian trade card measuring approximately 4.25" X 2.75" advertising Pfunder's Oregon Blood Purifier. Pfunder's usual trademark for this medicine featured a baby face which was featured on bottles containing this elixir. Bottles for Pfunder's tonics are somewhat common but Trade Cards for his products are scarce. We have never come across this particular pictogram card advertising the Oregon Blood Purifier before, and were entranced by the lovely quality of the lithographed colors. The delicate line work cleverly spells out a message: "A vase goes often to the well and breaks at last". This card was associated with Pfunder's Exhibit in 1892.

This blood purifying tonic was formulated by William Pfunder, a chemist and druggist who founded one of the oldest , and most successful drug companies in early Oregon history, the William Pfunder Drug Company. In 1879 Pfunder succeeded in compounding his own medicines including the well known Oregon Blood Purifier. His company operated in Portland from the late 1870s through the turn of the 20th century and produced a variety of pills, remedies and supplements. His blood purifier was reputed to cure a myriad of diseases and conditions, like many of the wildly popular tonics and palatives of Victorian society (many of which were utterly useless and sometimes highly dangerous).

Condition: Colors remain very bright and we would describe condition as very good overall with some very light soiling. As the card has been removed from an antique album, there are very minor areas of warping, and a few small areas on the back of the card where paper loss has occurred. Back of card has what appears to be a "2" written in pencil.

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