Detail of Karen Walter, senior paper conservation technician at Weissman Preservation Center, mending tears. Courtesy of Weissman Preservation CenterDetail of Karen Walter, senior paper conservation technician at Weissman Preservation Center, mending tears. Courtesy of Weissman Preservation Center

Pep and Nerves and Steady Hands: Conserving Large Format Advertising Posters

February 15, 2018

Skilled conservationists at Harvard Library’s Weissman Preservation Center recently repaired the Schlesinger Library's collection of posters from the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company.

Detail from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo bookplate. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryDetail from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo bookplate. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Santo Domingo Collection

August 10, 2017

Included in the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection—“the world’s largest private collection of material documenting altered states of mind”—is an envelope of objects labeled “Keep This Under Lock and Key—The ‘Hummer’ Combination of Rich, Rare, Racy, Sporty Stuff.”

Advertisement for Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, 1890, MC 181, vol. 345o. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryAdvertisement for Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, 1890, MC 181, vol. 345o. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Advertising Motherhood with the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company

September 18, 2014

Lydia Estes Pinkham was lauded as “the saviour of her sex” for her Vegetable Compound, which claimed to “cure entirely the worst form of Female Complaints.” Advertising was at the core of her company’s success from its inception.

Now You Are 10. Neenah, Wisconsin: Kimberly-Clark Corporation, 1958. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryNow You Are 10. Neenah, Wisconsin: Kimberly-Clark Corporation, 1958. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

“You’re a Young Lady Now”: Menstrual Education Through Advertising

July 17, 2014

Earlier this year, the Schlesinger Library acquired a variety of menstruation education pamphlets ranging in date from 1905 to 1988, with the majority published from the 1940s to the 1960s.

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