Carter’s Little Liver Pills Die Cut Trade Card, Kittens


Carter’s Little Liver Pills (Carter’s Little Pills after 1959) were formulated as a patent medicine by Samuel J. Carter of Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1868.The active ingredient was changed when it was renamed in 1959 to be the laxative bisacodyl. Carter’s Little Liver Pills predated the other available forms of bisacodyl and was a very popular and heavily advertised patent medicine up until the 1960s, spawning a common saying (with variants) in the first half of the 20th century: “He has more money than Carter has Little Liver Pills”. In 1951 the Federal Trade Commission required the company to change the name to “Carter’s Little Pills”, since “liver” in the name was deceptive.

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3.75" x 5.25"


crease at top of palette hole




circa 1900

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