I like this one because there’s a real sense of feminine solidarity. Mrs Smithers, possessor of knowledge passed down through the generations, sounds like a better bet than the mortifying prospect of consulting a male doctor.
TO LADIES.—THE ONLY GENUINE
WIDOW WELCH’S PILLS are those prepared by
MRS SMITHERS (Granddaughter to the WIDOW WELCH), from
the real Family Recipe, without the least variation what-
The Medicine is justly celebrated for all Female Com-
plaints, Nervous Disorders, Weakness of the Solids, Loss of
Appetite, Sick Headache, Lowness of Spirits, and particu-
larly for irregularities in the Female System. MRS SMITHERS
recommends Mothers, Guardians, Managers of Schools, and
all those who have the care of Females at an early age,
never to be without this useful Medicine.
IMPORTANT CAUTION.—The ONLY REAL PROPRIE-
TOR and Possessor of the Recipe, Granddaughter of the
late Widow Welch, feels it her duty, not only in defence of
her own and SOLE RIGHT, but as a protection to the public,
to declare HERSELF the ONLY PERSON entitled to the
Original Recipe, or at all authorised to make or prepare the
Observe that the genuine are wrapped in blue paper and
signed on the label by Mrs Smithers.
Sold in boxes at 2s 9d each, by Duncan, Flockhart, and
Co.; Robertson; Baildon; Lindsay & Shaw; Gardner and
Ainslie—Edinburgh. Dandie & Newby—Perth. And by
most respectable Chemists throughout the United Kingdom.
Source: The Caledonian Mercury and Daily Express, (Edinburgh) Monday 2nd January 1860.