Sample envelope advertising A.H. Lewis’ “Nature’s Remedy” early 1900s

$40.00 CAD

– Sold Out

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Small envelope used to provide a sample of ‘Nature’s Remedy’ by the A.H. Lewis Medicine Co. This was a dubious ‘cure-all’ for multiple ailments.

On front, along with image of woman holding a tablet:

“Acts on the stomach, liver, kidneys and bowels—for defective elimination in constipation, rheumatism, dyspepsia”

On back:

“Contains no poison products no drug habits”
“You will feel better in the morning…Nearly every disease is caused by constipation: if you keep your bowels open, the poison will be carried off….”
“Better than pills for liver ills”


2 ¼” x 3 ⅝”


In early 1900s America, an individual seeking relief from myriad ailments could choose from myriad purported treatments. When looking to cure “indigestion, bad breath, loss of appetite, sick headache, and rheumatism,” one could turn to an array of syrups, lozenges, tonics, or tablets. One such product, extremely popular for several decades, was Nature’s Remedy.

The man behind Nature’s Remedy, Augustus Henry Lewis, began his pharmaceutical career as a pharmacist in Bolivar, Missouri. Teaming up with his nephew James Howe, Lewis moved his company to St. Louis in 1901, soon becoming the A.H. Lewis Medicine Co.

Advertising campaigns described Nature’s Remedy as “Mother Nature in a pleasant, helpful form – all vegetable and a skillful blend of her own plan of insuring health.”[3] Slightly more descriptive circulars referred to the product as a vegetable preparation that “act[ed] on the stomach, liver, kidneys, and bowels.”[4] Marketing was so rigorous that the company enlisted a composer to produce a tune to popularize Nature’s Remedy....