In the late 1800s claims made for patent medicines were not regulated by law, and trade cards advertising these medicines usually promised miraculous results.

This card advertising Hunt's Remedy, The Great Kidney and Liver Medicine, is a good example. It claims that the medicine cures dropsy and all diseases of the kidneys, bladder, and urinary organs; and is never known to fail.

Forbes Co., Boston, printed this card, shown here at seventy percent of its actual size.