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1893 Advertisement for Beecham's Pills

Advertisement for Beecham's Pills on the back of a stamp
1893 Advertisement for Beecham's Pills

The government of New Zealand had a contract with the Wellington firm Truebridge, Miller and Reich allowing them to use the gummed side of stamps for publicity purposes. In 1893 advertisements were first printed on the Queen Victoria definitive issues of 1882 and 1891. Beecham's pills were a patent medicine which were first manufactured in England for export throughout the Empire in 1858. Although primarily a laxative, they were claimed to be effective " for Nervous and Bilious Disorders, such as wind and pain In the stomach, sick headache, giddiness, fullness and swelling after meals, dizziness and drowsincss, cold chills, flushings of heat, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, costiveness, scurvy, blotches on the skin, disturbed sleep, frightful dreams, and all nervous and trembling sensations, etc." Their ingredients included aloes, ginger and soap.They were not withdrawn from sale until 1998.


Bibliography

Hunt, Chris. "Beecham's Pills." McGonagall Online. January 2001. http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/poems/opgbeechams.htm. August 16, 2004.

"New Zealand." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.

Wang, Jean. "Blood Remedies Sold Here." Canadian Philatelist. Sept.-Oct. 2018: 290-292. Print.



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