1901 Advertising Letter from the Wilson Ear Drum Co. of Louisville, Kentucky
1901 Advertising Letter from the Wilson Ear Drum Co. of Louisville, Kentucky

1901 Advertising Letter from the Wilson Ear Drum Co. of Louisville, Kentucky

Very good. One-page letter on engraved letterhead (ca. 8" x 11"), accompanied by original mailing envelope addressed to Mammie Green of Pelham, South Carolina. Letter has folding creases, one 1/4-inch split along a fold. Very good. George H. Wilson (1866-1949) of Louisville, Kentucky, received a patent for his "artificial eardrum" in 1892. A primitive hearing aid, the simple device was made of rubber and "so-shaped that it can be quickly and readily removed and replaced without pain, and when in position is invisible, not liable to irritate, and is a good sound conductor." With the aid of a strong advertising campaign (which essentially implied that the product could cure deafness), the device sold well, despite being denounced as quackery by the mainstream medical community.

Item #21874

Price: $50.00