[Richwood, West Virginia? n. p., ca. 1915]. Original printed envelope with die-cut decal of a satisfied Sherwood’s customer, envelope 7.5 x 2.5 inches. Two thin metal foot pads, approx. 6.5 x 1.88 inches. Additional printed label of the Sherwood Magnetic Foot Pads device laid into the envelope, glassine liner present. Envelope somewhat soiled and rubbed, with a little splitting; in good condition. Item #18227
An attractive ephemeral bit of quack packaging for these supposedly magnetic insoles, said (by the jovial man of the package decal) to have cured him of rheumatism. Henry G. Sherwood of Richwood, West Virginia, appears in the Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office of September 14, 1915, applying for a trademark for the device imprinted on the envelope, claiming use since June 15, 1915. Aside from an appearance in a Druggists’ directory for 1916, Sherwood’s product didn’t appear to make much of a splash in the trade publications or the advertising columns of contemporary newspapers.