Patent Medicine & the Popular Medicine Show

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, “patent medicine” became very popular for a variety of aches, ailments, and diseases. Often sold by traveling salespeople in what became known as “medicine shows,” these many decoctions had colorful names and even more colorful claims. Despite the name, “patent medicine,” these elixirs and tonics were rarely … Continue reading Patent Medicine & the Popular Medicine Show