Warner’s Safe Cure: Artist’s Album (1888) – Part II

The Artist’s Album features some terrific graphics of both the Warner product line and its spurious claims. It is perhaps appropriate to start at the beginning with Safe Cure. It harkens back to the business that made Warner his first millions, the fireproof safe business. He modestly proclaims that he was “formerly the largest Safe dealer in the world” and provides the reader with a list of his available products.

Warner then moves on to another one of his original line of cures, his Diabetes Cure.  He distinguishes the two types of diabetes, insipid and sweet and notes the symtoms. However, he noted that the Diabetes Cure should not be used for kidney ailments, use only Safe Cure.

Next was the Rheumatic Cure, which also was supposed to be taken in concert with Safe Cure and Safe Pills. The claim promises that the “most obstinate rheumatic disorders disappear” if the treatment is maintained long enough to produce effects. I am not sure how long, “long enough” is, but I would venture a guess that it is more than one bottle. It is also worth noting that one of the testimonials accompanying this portion of the Album is from Mrs. Carrie D. T. Swift of East Avenue in Rochester.  One might surmise that she was the wife of Warner’s chief astronomer, Lewis Swift. Nothing like a little family support.

The next featured standard cure was the Nervine, which Warner sold to those whose nerves were too frayed to produce a good night’s sleep.

This represents the first portion of the Artist’s Album and the bulk of Warner’s original line of cures. The remainder of the Album deals with other Warner remedies including his Log Cabin Remedies and his Tippecanoe Bitters. I will feature the remaining portions in a future post. Thanks again to Jon Moran for the images.


3 thoughts on “Warner’s Safe Cure: Artist’s Album (1888) – Part II

  1. GREAT post, as always! The “Loyal Legion” testimonial caught my eye as I have a special interest in patent medicine testimonials by Civil War soldiers and veterans. I’m surprised that writer included the “Military Order, Loyal Legion…” (better known as MOLLUS) in his testimonial…the other major veterans’ organization, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) had strict rules against using their letterhead or the organization’s name in advertising or testimonials.

    Keep up the GREAT work!

    Jim Schmidt

    • Thanks Jim. Although I had heard of the GAR, I had not heard of the Loyal Legion. Perhaps Warner was pitching his product to some of those Civil War veterans.

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