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Potter Drug and Chemical Company Cuticura

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02150.32 Author/Creator: Potter Drug and Chemical Company Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Typed document Date: n.d. Pagination: 1 p. : 10 x 15 cm

Advertisement for a magical cure-all that the company claims can cure every skin and blood disease that exists, including humors, itching, loss of hair, ulcers, and pimples. They claim that the drug can be found at any drugstore. On the opposite side, there is a black-and-white picture of a young girl.

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