With all the healthcare news of late, I wondered how our ancestors dealt with some of their problems. I came across this marvelous old tin complete with tablets. From the information offered, I think that they really had incredible pharmaceutical items back “in the day.” This tin has “Make Man Tablets – A Brain, Blood and Nerve Tonic.” Reading further you’ll find it was “Especially prepared for the treatment of dyspepsia, neuralgia, kidney and liver problems, catarrh, consumption, locomotor-ataxia, wasting diseases, nervous debility, female disorders, and all kindred diseases resulting from a worn out nervous system.” All this for only 50 cents! There are diseases and issues I had never even heard of. Now, why is this tablet no longer on the market? It sounds like a miracle drug.
A Medical Wonder – Tin of Make-Man Tablets
On the back of the tin near the lip, it reads “Guaranteed Under the Food and Drugs Act June 30, 1905, Serial No. 3215.” So we can all be confident that these really worked, am I right?
On the back, there is more information; some we are delighted to read. It states “Distinctively a Tonic to Build up the System and Contains No Poison.” Does that mean that other tablets like this actually DID contain poison? I am not so sure I want to test this after all, in spite of their proclamation.
The wording goes on further: “They are natures [sic] greatest aid to repair the nervous system, giving power of endurance and capacity to enjoy every pleasure.” Was this perhaps a predecessor to a Viagra-type product? But wait, it goes on to tell us that will make men and women strong. A bit confusing.
The tin is still sealed so I will not encourage hubby to try one. If I did, there is the possibility he’d develop a nervous order, perhaps even locomotor-ataxia or a wasting disease. Perhaps I’ll stick with today’s medicine after all.
Collectors of tins will love it! This tin is still sealed and is in great condition. And since condition is of the utmost importance to advertising and tin collectors, it would be a treasure to display.